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.