If you’ve seen the classic movie A Christmas Story then you probably remember the excitement of little Ralphie when Little Orphan Annie came on the radio. Dramatic radio was a tremendously popular medium before television and in the early years of moving pictures. We’re trying to bring it back, in a way.
Our seven year old daughter recently checked out some audiobooks from the library. She couldn’t stop listening to them. She closed the door to her room so she could give full attention. She gave us updates about the story. In other words, she loved it.
I used to have a looong commute to work so my brother-in-law suggested audiobooks to help pass the time. I didn’t think I’d like them because the idea sounded so old-fashioned. But I was wrong! The books I listened to were fantastic and fascinating. And because of the limited selection at our library, I was forced to pick stuff I wouldn’t have normally read but enjoyed them anyway.
If you haven’t given audiobooks a try, check out www.audible.com or www.librivox.com. Librivox offers free books that are public domain. Pick the Brain has more places to find audiobooks and podcasts. Check them out, err, download a book today and give it a try.
OMG! Did you see Glee last night?
Seth Godin – writer, blogger, and marketer extraordinaire – seems to have the same opinion about TV as me.
Check what he wrote in a post today called “Deliberately uninformed, relentlessly so (a rant).”
“Many people in the United States purchase one or fewer books every year.
Many of those people have seen every single episode of American Idol. There is clearly a correlation here.
Access to knowledge, for the first time in history, is largely unimpeded for the middle class. Without effort or expense, it’s possible to become informed if you choose. For less than your cable TV bill, you can buy and read an important book every week. Share the buying with six friends and it costs far less than coffee.
Or you can watch TV.
The thing is, watching TV has its benefits. It excuses you from the responsibility of having an informed opinion about things that matter. It gives you shallow opinions or false ‘facts’ that you can easily parrot to others that watch what you watch. It rarely unsettles our carefully self-induced calm and isolation from the world.”
I LOVE this guy!
I’d also love to hear how you stay informed. How do you get your news? Who do you listen to? What are you reading and how does it make you a better you?
My girls - reading like a wolf eats.
About once a week, my wife takes our kids to our local library where our girls procede to check out about 50 books at a time and our son tries to pull everything off the shelves. Any book is fair game but they sometimes come back to the same stories again and again. They’re into books about girl things like ballerinas and princesses and the Civil War – typical 4 and 6-year-old things. We’ve learned not to limit what our girls are interested in and we can see how amazingly intrigued they are in so many different topics.
What are you doing to promote voracious reading appetites in your kids? I’d love to hear your ideas!