My son Luke is your typical 5th grade boy. His brain is stuck on two things—food and sports. The football game he and his friends play before school each day is his favorite class. So despite all my efforts, and the fact that I make books for a living, my son has not developed a love of reading ...
The other day I brought home some new books that I had worked on and left them on the table. I went into the kitchen to start supper. When I came back, Luke and one of my books were gone. A half an hour later, he came out of his room and proceeded to tell me about what he'd read. I very calmly asked him questions and talked with him about the book. But inside I was doing cartwheels! He not only read the book, but wanted to talk about it?!?!
And best yet, the next day he picked up another book in the series and wanted to talk about that one too. As a mom, I'm thrilled. As a Capstone editor and author, I'm ecstatic. Every day I work on new books that I hope will help make reading achievable, informative, and (dare I say it?) fun. I don't often get to see if I succeed. Experiencing it my own home, well, that's indescribable.