We can spend the next 30 minutes reading book after book, learning about trucks, families and animals. Although I may be exhausted by the end of it, I know that the time spent reading with my son is worth it.
Not only is the quality time spent with Mommy good for Equis' self-esteem, the time spent reading helps him to develop his delayed language and cognitive skills.
"The seeds of... dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world." So writes Dolly Parton on her website for the Imagination Library.
The Imagination Library's vision is to "foster a love of reading" among preschool age children by mailing free high-quality, age-appropriate books directly to the family's homes. Yes, FREE and wrapped-up-in-plastic brand new.
I couldn't love this program more, and I am so thankful for all of the books that they have sent the boys. Books provide children with an important method of learning about the world around them, and I love that the Imagination Library allows children from low-income homes such as mine to get beautiful books at home.
I enrolled both my son and stepson in the Imagination Library program over a year ago, at the ages of 1 and 4, and they have received wonderful books every few months through the mail since then.
Just a few of the boys' favorite books that were sent by Imagination Library are:
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What is your child's favorite book to read?
This post is also linked to Thankful Thursday, and is in no way sponsored by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. I just think it's such a wonderful program and cause, I wanted to share it with all of my readers.