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Father and Daughter Read Together Every Day for Nearly 9 Years

Father and Daughter Read Together Every Day for Nearly 9 Years

For many families with young children, reading a story before bedtime is an important part of the daily routine. Books such as Goodnight Moon and the Very Hungry Caterpillar are staples in the reading-aloud repertoire, with their compact storylines and eye-catching illustrations. But once children learn to read to themselves, many families lose the connection of the bedtime story.

I know that once I learned to read, I was too impatient to sit and have my mom read to me anymore. I wanted to find out what was going to happen in the book as quickly as possible, and so our nightly reading ritual changed from an interactive, verbal experience to a quieter, less personal one where we would sit together on the couch each silently reading our own book.

Alice Ozma and her father, however, never tired of reading aloud to each other. In fact, they kept up their ritual for 3,218 days from when Alice was in 4th grade until her first day at college. In her book The Reading Promise, Ozma remembers the books that she and her father read together, and why the tradition became so important to their lives and their relationship.

NPR recently featured Ozma’s story on their broadcast (listen to it here). Similar to the books they read together, including favorites When Zachary Beaver Came to Town and Great Expectations, the reading journey is a compelling tale. According to this article, which also includes a short excerpt from The Reading Promise, Ozma’s family was going through a rough patch. Her parents had just split up, and her older sister had recently left for college.  Reading together every night helped daughter and father deal with that difficult time.

Listening to the story of The Reading Promise made me wish that I had been more patient as a child. Ozma and her father were able to build an amazing connection through the simple act of reading together every night, something that any family can do. Hopefully others will be inspired by this touching story and maybe even attempt to set a reading record of their own.

Watch this video of Alice Ozma talking about The Reading Promise

 

Photo credit: San Jose Library

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7:57AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Thank you.

7:43AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

In the past, countless parents & children have had precious bonding experiences over sharing the printed pages of books. It makes me wonder how this bonding will take place in the future to inspire the love of reading in young children as reading from a computer screen or kindle is not quite the same experience, now is it? Since I love kids & books, I enjoyed this article immensely! Thanks so much.

1:14AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

read it with you x

12:23AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

noted and read

6:11AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Thanks

8:16AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Thanks for the article and video.

8:15AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Thanks for the article and video.

7:53AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Thanks

11:40PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Lovely story!

10:58PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

I apologize for adding one more comment. I constantly purchase and read children books. Age 3 to ???? Lovely messages, Lovely Illustrations, and such important WISDOM. I guess it's never too late to have a childhood...even at 55 :)

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