My six-year-old Jack and I just returned from our local library. Jack loves our weekly library date, especially when it is followed by a vanilla-milk at Starbucks. But he doesn’t understand why we can’t bring two-year-old Tori with us (she stays at home with my mother-in-law). I try to explain that there is a quiet rule at the library, and that Tori, who loves nothing better than the sound of her own high-pitched squeals, would get us thrown out in a hurry.
I am looking forward to taking Tori to the library--some day. But even when we’ve passed the screaming stage, I’ll still have the colossal challenge of finding books for her to read that promote a godly picture of womanhood.
Thanks to the good folks at the CBMW blog I know where to start. In her four-part series “Girls of Character: Teaching Biblical Femininity to the Next Generation through Literature,” Gretchen Neisler offers suggestions for books that girls will enjoy and which illustrate and reinforce the values of a biblical womanhood. She also provides some questions to help parents evaluate the attitudes and actions of a story’s heroine in: “Reading is for Girls: Choosing the Right Book.”
These are posts I’m going to save for future use. But first I have to teach Tori to act like a lady in the library.