Welcome to Swimming in Literary Soup

April 21st, 2007

The role of childhood reading is often described in terms of a two dimensional plane. It’s thought to provide a foundation or, perhaps, a system of roots — something to build upon.

I’ve always pictured the impact of childhood reading as having at least three dimensions — as something that fills us, surrounds us and through which we perceive and relate to our world.

In a recent interview for the Just One More Book! childrens’ book podcast, Margaret Shannon, author of the darkly magical fairy tale, The Red Wolf, shared her view that everything we read becomes part of our own personal “Literary Soup”. I realized then that that’s just the way I’ve pictured the 3dimensional impact of childhood reading — as “Literary Soup”.

I believe that we each draw from our own personal literary soup when we create the stories we tell ourselves about our selves, our world and our lives. And, if the soup is hearty and warm and if there is plenty of it, I believe we can jump right in and swim around, viewing and relating to our world through the experiences and images acquired through our childhood reading.

In this segment for G.N.M. Parents, I’ll share with you my thoughts on the quality and quantity of possible ingredients for brewing up delicious, nutritious, leave-them-begging-for-second-helpings-style Literary Soup. I will suggest combinations of books which I hope will inspire, engage, educate and entertain and practices that may nurture strong reading skills and a love of reading in our young swimmers so they’ll not only stay afloat but will enjoy the experience so much that they’ll eagerly continue to add wisely to their own soup as our window of influence diminishes.

Welcome to Swimming in Literary Soup. I’m your host, Andrea Ross. I’m pleased to meet you.

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