Books are like GOLD to me. I love books! Just ask my wife. She would say I'm OCD about books. They are grouped according to subject and size. Each book is personally embossed with the seal "FROM THE LIBRARY OF JONATHAN D. OREN." Rachael had the embosser made for me (perfect gift!). I handle the books carefully depending on their kind as well. For instance, a book that will be regularly used as a reference tool, I use with gentleness so it can stand the long haul. These books are generally biblical studies books. Other books that are read and referenced occasionally are treated with less OCD-ness. My goal is to have a research library of 10,000 solid volumes. Currently, I have <500>
Rachael values reading as well. She's always finding great parent and adoption resources. She reads them and passes them along. We value reading for many reasons. It expands our horizons. We encounter new ideas and the people who promote them. We rub shoulders with differing opinions. We gain an ability to see different viewpoints.
It is our desire that our children value reading too! How does that happen?! As a child, I hated reading. Absolutely hated it! Why did some kids love it and others hated it? We've already purchased Mekonen some books for his kid library. Not just baby books. He has a hardback that is probably close to 300 pages. It's kid friendly though! We want him to see us reading and assume it's a natural part of life. Hopefully he embraces reading.
What would/do you do as a parent to instill the value of reading? Thoughts?