“Mommy, please read me a story”

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman

The author of The Golden Compass has a good point.

Parents know to provide the basics for their children: keep them fed, keep them protected, keep them company and all should be well. Kids beg for one more thing: our attention. One of the most gratifying ways I met that need with my children was through sharing a story.

Storytellers can take many forms. In many cultures, children learned life lessons and the natural world was uncovered through the oral folktale tradition. Families share boasts about ‘back in the day’ to instill values.

When my kids were very young I read to them constantly. Hours of repetition began with Goodnight Moon, then Richard Scarry, and Curious George. I remember reading a children’s version of The Nutcracker Ballet for twelve months straight because my daughter insisted and I gave in.  


Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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21 thoughts on ““Mommy, please read me a story”

  1. Kenny says:

    I read my kids some of the same stories I was read as a child. I even remember the voices I heard on the records (!) of some of the Dr. Seuss books. I find myself using the same pacing and voices I recall from decades ago…

  2. prototype mama says:

    I def. agree with you— I have four little ones and every night Ive read to them before bed and now that they are getting older– they ALL love to read. It’s a great gift that you can give to your children

  3. Lisa Gradess Weinstein says:

    Hi Jennifer, reading your story I felt like you were me! I also started out reading books to my daughter, and Good Night Moon was one of our favorites! I also LOVED The Magic Treehouse books. I read them to her at night and they were so hard to put down…she would always beg for one more chapter. I read the entire Harry Potter series first and then passed it along to her, and by that time she was reading on her own. Now she always reads and I like to take a bit of credit for it! I like to think I gave her that love of reading, and I hope she passes it on to her children!
    Thanks so much!!
    Lisa
    http://www.lisagradessweinstein.blogspot.com

  4. brenda says:

    Ditto on story reading to my then little kids. My daughter followed me into my love of reading. My son, reads, but not as much. I want him to read more, but know he will come to in his own time. Reading and sharing the stories is treasure and something they will always remember. I still talk about my dad’s stories.

  5. My Inner Chick says:

    –My boys are older now…and I MISS reading w/ them in bed. I loved all of those chapter books….Narnia, Bud not Buddy, Walk Two Moons, and we read Lots of Goose Bump books.

    Xxx Kiss for you.

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