When we were at one house for dinner, nine-month-old baby girl dug one of her many books out of a wicker basket. She turned each page, perusing the animals. Her attention span was amazing for a baby.
The next day, My friend was babysitting two of her grandchildren. The three-year-old grandson has a play area in the back bedroom. I walked back there and found him "reading" a book, complete with a miniature flashlight. He gave me a big grin, and announced, "I reading."
These encounters inspired me to check out the children's section of my local Christian bookstore. Wow! I wish they'd had such fabulous offerings back when I was a youngster. Christian books for kids were few and far between.
I came out of the store with a book for each child. After seeing the wonder on their little faces, I have hope for the publishing industry even in tough economic times.