Homeschoolers love books. If a homeschooling dad wants to romance his wife, forget the flowers, build her another book shelf.
My kids love 'em all. From goofy joke books, field guides, our set of old Child Craft encyclopedias, and Usborne books to great literature.
Each night as I make the rounds doing the final pick up I sometimes get frustrated at the piles of books out all over. "Why can't these children learn to put their books away. They just don't appreciate what they have. I had to walk 5 miles in the snow, up hill - both ways, to read a book when I was a child." Grumble, grumble.
Other times, like tonight, I look at those piles and think, "Wow, they read a ton today. They did not watch any movies or need computer games to fill their free time. They love to read, this is great."
But it's more than that. They are being mentored by some great minds. Tolkien, Wilder, Lewis, Henty, Wiley, Doyle... the list is endless, varied and rich. Books take them to exciting places or discover excitement in the mundane. The lessons they learn from books will help carry them through trials and help lead to triumphs. Truths learned in literature will lead them ever closer to God. Language in good literature teaches them how to express themselves well. When a person can do that, they may become part of 'the great conversation'.
There has been book talk on the blogs (always). Lissa goes back to the time she wrote the first Martha years book, Little House in the Highlands, during her tiny daughter's battle with cancer. Elizabeth writes about the influence the Little House books had on her childhood and the beauty of Lissa's books. Nissa has a great list of living literature for boys.
What a grand era we live in, to have access to so many great minds.