Books provide infinite delights – adventure, romance, distraction from the mundane or the upsetting. They expand our cultural, geographical, emotional horizons. They offer hope and, sometimes, despair. Books are central to discussions with your grandchildren as well as with your book group. They let you see what you can be and what you already are.
I write and publish children’s books. Just because this is a genre focused on young readers doesn’t make it any less valuable for all the reasons listed above. Every dedicated reader has at least one childhood or young adult title in her list of favorites. And, most of us go back to those old friends again and again over the years. Sometimes we revisit them for comfort, sometimes for inspiration.
In this new year, I am reminded of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. My mantra for 2019 will be “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.” Every morning is a fresh chance to meet challenges and forgive errors (yours and others’). I will wake up each day knowing that I have another opportunity to be my best self.
And, my best self will keep reading. Your best self should, too.