My wife and I took a bouquet of backyard flowers to the neighbors, just because. Also read aloud to my girls from a new book, Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.
I’ve been reading books aloud to my children since they were born, but seriously for at least seven years. In that time, we’ve read together many amazing books such as The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, the Ramona series by Beverly Clearly, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, and on and on.
As a parent, I cannot tell you many more effective ways of connecting with your children. You can spend focused, quality time together. You get time to talk, laugh and cry together. And unlike television or movies, you are a part of the story.
When you are reading a story together, you are also discovering it as equals. There is no parent, there is no child. Just two people sharing an adventure. The people just happen to be daddy and daughter, mother and son.
In my opinion, Jim Trelease has written the definitive work on the subject, The Read Aloud Handbook. It includes an immense selection of quality books that work well as read-alouds.
It’s an amazing experience for both child and parent.