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!
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It provides a simple but inspirational code for life. Everyone should read and follow the common sense wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz for a happier and peaceful life. This book is life-changing.
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Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis
This is a fascinating book on how one person's form of expression can affect another person's life. It's also quite sad what happened to Madame X — how she became a recluse and has allowed society to dictate her life. It's a brilliant book of revelations!
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Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess by Dorothy Draper
I love old-school entertaining! Who better to learn from than one of the icons in stylish living, Dorothy Draper? I think that a lot of what Draper had to say was relevant in 1941 when she wrote the book, is relevant today, and will continue to be relevant in the future. Her approach to entertaining is practical but stylish, fun, and fabulous!
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Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle & Julia Child
This is probably one of my most cherished books as it was a gift from my husband Tom. He tracked down a signed copy of this vintage cookbook and gave it to me as a birthday present. I adore Julia Child and I admire her passion for cooking and sharing her recipes. She was a total game changer in her time!
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Once Upon a Time by Slim Aarons
When life is getting serious, I turn the pages of this book. I get lost in the luxurious lives of the rich and stylish! It's an inspiring book and it's my favorite Slim Aarons tome.