About The Reading Mother

The Reading Mother is one who delights in the look and feel and smell of books. The Reading Mother is one who delights in reading novels and short stories and history and poems and anthologies and just about any other worthy book she can get her hands on. The Reading Mother is one who delights in reading to anyone who will listen—children and teens and others dear to her. The Reading Mother is one who delights in the words on the page and the ideas they express. The Reading Mother is one who delights in sharing those words and ideas with everyone around her.  The Reading Mother is one who is pursuing a life well-read for herself and those around her.

The inspiration for the name comes, of course, from the poem by Strickland Gillilan. This poem also inspired me to become a Reading Mother; and yes, I did have to work at it in my children’s younger years.

My official “author” bio is here. But if you’d like to know a wee bit more . . .

Mrs. Cassatt Reading To Her Grandchildren, by Mary Cassatt, 1880I am mostly discipula—disciple, student. And out of that, magistra—teacher. Both of these subordinate to marita—a happy-beyond-my-deserving wife of one, and mater—mother of six (plus two, soon to be three) and avia—“grammy” to three little darlings to date. But above and over and around and far beyond all of this, dilecta Dei—beloved of God, a truly unfathomable and undeserved grace only through the mercy of our Savior (Romans 1:7).

All of these callings inform what happens here. And The Reading Mother is, of course, inextricably connected with Cottage Press, my classical education curriculum business. But I also want The Reading Mother to be a personal place of  reflection and exhortation and collaboration with other reading mothers of all ages—maybe even reading future mothers. Of course, reading fathers and reading future fathers are welcome too!

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