A Love Affair with Words: An Interview with Gayle Brandeis (page 2)

A Love Affair with Words: An Interview with Gayle Brandeis

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Updated on Mar 5, 2009

GB: I read to my kids abundantly when they were little, the same way my parents read to me. I wanted to make books fun and exciting for them, and it seems to have worked – they are still voracious readers at 13 and 16. I bought some sugar cookies shaped like letters when my daughter was first learning to read. I wanted letters, language, to carry a sense of sweetness for her. We sometimes still read books aloud together, and recommend books to each other, and listen to audio books together on long car rides. I’m sure a shared love of reading will always connect us.

DF: What would be your number one piece of advice to parents looking to develop a love of reading and writing in their children?

GB: Read to your children as much as you can. Let them see you reading, and hear you talk about books you enjoy, so they know that books can always be an important part of a person’s life. Let them see you writing, as well. And in their early stabs at creative writing, keep the focus on their imagination, their storytelling, more than on correct spelling and punctuation and grammar. Those things will come with time, but imagination is ripest when kids are little, and if their imaginations are encouraged and fostered when they are young, I believe they are more likely to be open to creative thinking and expression throughout their lives.

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