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  • My Favorite Books: What's On Jenni Epperson's Bookshelves

    Jenni and husband Tom don't buy books according to kids' suggested age. Read on to find out why.
  • Jenni Epperson

    Jenni Epperson, mom to Aryanna, 17, and Dylan Finn, 3
    Top celebrity stylist, fashion editor, author of the book Fashion + Food: Entertaining at Home in Style, and award-winning lifestyle blogger at www.jenniepperson.com

    Why raising kids who love to read is important to Jenni:
    Reading is exercising the brain. The more children read, the better they become in communication. My husband and I believe that well-read kids develop good communication skills and make it easy for them to express their feelings.

    Reading also develops kids' concentration, promotes imagination and creativity. As parents, it is our responsibility to give our children the right tools and proper skills to face life's challenges.

    How she introduced the habit of reading to her kids:
    When it comes to kids, everything has to be fun! We make reading an indulgence, not a chore. My husband Tom and I buy colorful books to entice our children's imagination. Like many parents, we read to them regularly with complete sound effects! One of the things we also do is to make them read to us. It doesn't matter if they don't follow the words to a T; in fact, we encourage them to create their own stories based on what they see in the book. It's a good exercise to promote creative thinking, plus it's enjoyable for us and our kids.

    We also don't buy books according to the "suggested age". Kids are like sponges and they are always hungry for knowledge. I remember when my daughter Aryanna was 7 years old, she was already reading popular classic literature books and she loved it! Kids will surprise you!

    Want to see what's on Jenni's bookshelves? Click 'View slideshow'!

    Photos by Tom Epperson

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