Listen to a book together
By Nick Sigur
I always loved the Summer Reading Club as a kid. I loved to read and the public library in Crowley was the coolest place in Crowley on a hot summer afternoon. My sisters and I would take stacks of books home and earn points for the books we read. These summers were significant in my educational development and is largely responsible for a lifelong love of reading.
Reading still is great for kids but I don’t do as much as I used to and the young ones really don’t read much. Years ago, I fell in love with audio books. I listen to them during the many hours I spend in the car and the significantly fewer hours I spend swimming.
Listening with someone else is really special. I get to share the experience and gain a different perspective on the material. I love to listen to books with my wife. Good discussions arise.
It seems to me that book listening with kids would be really special. Try listening to books with your kids during travel, at set aside quiet times, before naps or bed. Leave time for discussion; not for you to pontificate but time to listen to your kids. What you hear may be comforting or frightening, but always worth hearing. Try the classics or some of these: vibrantchristianliving.com/best-kids-audio-books-kids-audio-dramas/.
Don’t leave the teens out. Try these: “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper, “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn, “David” by Walter Chantry, “Thoughts for Young Men” by J.C. Ryle or “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell.
Audible is my favorite but use Google to research. There are many sources and some are free. Listen with your kids, first to the stories and then to them.