Letter: Beem is right about reading with kids

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Children’s literature is a great equalizer, as noted in Edgar Allen Beem’s recent column, “Grampy reads ‘Gumpy'”. In the true spirit of bipartisanship he lovingly described the power of picture books and the reading habit through a generational devotion to the character of Mr. Gumpy. Now with most anything these days there is always room for debate: whether one’s favorite author is Brown, McCloskey, Cooney, Seuss, or even Willems. But that being said, it usually comes down to matter of preference or memories. What Mr. Beem emphasizes, and what turns out to be the most important element, is the interaction between an adult and a child, the generous sharing of oneself, and the infectious pleasure that ensues. Thank you, Mr. Beem, for reminding us of the most important gift that a child can receive.

Kathie Harper