Friday 29 March 2013

The Importance of Books by Tracy Kauffman

Hello my darlings. Today we're going to take things in a slightly different direction. Still talking about writing but we're going to be talking about Children's Literature. Specifically, the Importance of Reading and teaching children to love books from a Children's Lit and YA author.

Tracy Kauffman is a fiction author from North AL. She has an associates degree in Applied Science of Nursing. She works part time as a registered nurse. She is married and has two children. Tracy wants to write stories that will edify, encourage and be decent for children and young adults. She works at a nursing home with some fantastic elderly folks who inspire her. She loves hearing their interesting stories and often jokes that she has several mothers and fathers there. She wants to bring joy to the world today by her books. She enjoys writing fiction fantasy books for young adults and children stories

Importance of Reading:

            We can experience new things in a book that we would normally not be able to experience. With an active imagination, you can go to other worlds or made up worlds. Books can change our lives and other people’s lives. Reading can make us more intelligent. Without reading we wouldn’t know anything that we know today. Our forefathers have taught us more than we know.

            We as individuals are capable of inventing new ideas, creating manuals to teach others how to save lives, writing books to teach our children about history, other cultures, the world around us and setting up new laws that will forever change our lives and the lives of others. We have educated ourselves beyond our ancestors by reading and studying books and manuals. We now can read manuals about healthcare, how to fix things, how to make things necessary for survival. We have learned how to create new inventions such as the computer, microwave and the list goes on and on.

            Books are filled with knowledge, parables, insights into a happy life, helpful topics about life, love, fear, child rearing, prayer, worship and helpful advice. One can read about romance, the creation of the world, future events, and big battles that men have fought. Without books we wouldn’t know anything about other cultures, extinct animals, important historical events, scientific studies, and fascinating research. Books help us to have critical thinking skills, teaches us how to perform task, helps us plan for our future, perform jobs better, and solve problems.

            Look at some books that have inspired us. What about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland or the Wizard of Oz.

            The writers of these books had to learn to write before they could tell their stories. Where do you think their stories came from? Their imagination, their own life experiences. Maybe they got the idea to write a book from watching their uncle deliver mail, or maybe from their animals. They might have had a dog that could chase people up trees. Maybe they had a bird that could sing. There are a lot of characters from books that were made up about real people.

            One of my books, Southern Adventures has a character that is about me. A favorite character will be remembered forever like Clifford the big red dog or Dr. Seuss. One of my favorites is Sami from Gwendolyn’s Wish.

            Writing a story or book starts with an imagination and using that imagination to be creative. By using your imagination, your mind is continually active and therefore you can learn things quicker. So is reading important?  Yes books are the foundation of what this world is all about.

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