You know that feeling you get after you read one of those flashy, gaudy books to your kid? Something of a mix between, Boy, I actually feel dumber now, and Can I just throw this away?
You know the type of book I'm talking about, right? The pictures aren't exactly art, and the prose is... well... Dumb.
Not exactly the stuff that makes you want to read to your kids, is it? Read on to find out the wonderful, simple solution...
Dear Mama, you are suffering from a literary condition known as twaddle. And suffering is the right word for it!
There are enough books in the world that you can afford to be choosy! In fact, you should be!
Living Books: Well-written books that draw you in (this includes non-fiction!). They are written by an author who has real knowledge and passion about a subject. Reading a Living Book is like sitting down and learning about something from a gifted story teller. Often include beautiful illustrations, but not necessary.
*When choosing Living Books, look for books that build your kids up. You want them to think about what is excellent, praise-worthy, right and pure.
But a word of caution: Do not exclude books just because they have villains, but rather look for books where good is good, evil is evil, and good triumphs (even if it must struggle to do so)! You can read more of my thoughts on fiction here.
What To Do With Twaddle...
Did she really just say you can throw a book away? Yipes! But yes, I did say that! Me, a book-writing, book-loving author, really did say that not all books deserve a place in your home & heart.
Does It Really Matter?