Each June, I have to take stock of the expectations I’ve piled up during the winter months and decide what’s realistic versus overly idealistic. Usually, the same thread weaves through each one: I’m looking for opportunities for my family to press pause together.
It's time to call out a seemingly innocent error, a well-meaning mixup. No one set out to create it — there's no evil conspiracy at play here. But with all the money, t-shirts, and Instagram accounts devoted to spreading this good-hearted confusion, the time has come to speak truth.
The more tired I got, the more we found ourselves reading. Frankly, because of all that ever-present work, I often needed to press pause and just sit for a few minutes. That’s when I began to notice that story time didn’t have to be a well-intended chore.
Each family has their own unique combination of both conscious and unconscious priorities. The difference between a great book and a mediocre one is whether the message is strong enough to reinforce those priorities or, at times, conflict with them.
With time and energy in short supply, reading good books makes much more sense than slogging our way through so-so ones. So what is it that separates the exceptional from the mediocre? We think it boils down to two things.
In the chaos that ensues once my little people and I are scanning the shelves (am I the only one who leaves the library sweating from a cardio high?), I've developed a much-needed radar for books best left on the shelves.
Finding good books — really good books — to read together takes time. A lot of time, in fact. Time you either don’t have or could spend in other productive ways. So we developed a short, simple quiz designed to help us help you.
For nearly two years, we've wrestled with the questiondo good books matter? The Literaseeds team unanimously agrees that they do, but we cringe a bit when we say it. And we've hesitated to say it to you too.