Wednesday, July 24, 2013

To encourage reading to children. . .

Author, Richard PeckI was reading about author Richard Peck and his books, 


when I came across this poem and I had to share it:  



Twenty Minutes a Day

  by Richard Peck

Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school;
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear their first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you'll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
"Hey, don't quit."
(copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.)

Books by Richard Peck:

  • Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (1972)
  • Dreamland Lake (1973)
  • Through a Brief Darkness (1973)
  • Representing Super Doll (1974)
  • The Ghost Belonged to Me (1975)[b][c]
  • Are You in the House Alone? (1976)[b]
  • Ghosts I Have Been (1977)[b][c]
  • Monster Night at Grandma's House, illus. Don Freeman (1977)
  • Father Figure (1978)[b]
  • Secrets of the Shopping Mall (1979)[b]
  • Amanda/Miranda (1980)
  • Close Enough to Touch (1981)
  • New York Time (1981)
  • The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp (1983)[c]
  • This Family of Women (1983)
  • Remembering the Good Times (1985)[b]
  • Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death (1986)[c]
  • Princess Ashley (1987)
  • Those Summer Girls I Never Met (1988)
  • Voices After Midnight (1989)
  • Unfinished Portrait of Jessica (1991)
  • Bel-Air Bambi and the Mall Rats (1993)
  • Lost in Cyberspace! (1995)
  • The Last Safe Place on Earth (1995)
  • The Great Interactive Dream Machine: Another Adventure in Cyberspace (1996)
  • London Holiday (1998)
  • A Long Way from Chicago (1998)
  • Strays Like Us (1998)
  • A Year Down Yonder (2000)
  • Fair Weather (2001)
  • The River Between Us (2003)
  • The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts (2004)
  • Here Lies The Librarian (2006)
  • On the Wings of Heroes (2007)
  • A Season of Gifts, illus. Brandon Dorman (2009)
  • Three Quarters Dead (2010)
  • Secrets at Sea, illus. Kelly Murphy (2011)
  • The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, illus. Kelly Murphy (2013)

On October 9th, at 3 PM, Richard Peck will be at Hicklebee's, 1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 292-8880 



  1. WHAT AN AWESOME POEM! We try to read every day at my house. My daughter is 2, so sometimes she likes to hear the SAME BOOKS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, but at least she wants to read. :)

  2. Hi Margo, this poem just resonated with me. I remember reading to my Katy and can't imagine parents not reading to their kids. Such wonderful memories (yes, even the same books over and over again.)