When my 3 children were growing up, I read them a chapter each night out of many books, but their favorites were "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawles and "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. Growing up, they always had a passion for reading that carried on into their adulthood. All 3 of my children had college level reading skills by the time they reached the end of elementary school and they are passing that love of reading on to my 3 grandsons. I read to my grandchildren when they spend the weekends with me or when I go visit. I think the love of reading and books is important to instill in a child because it sparks their imagination and makes them think. The video games and movies out now may entertain them for awhile, but none make them truly think for themselves. I always asked my children and grandchildren questions as to what they would do in the situations we came across in our literary journeys, and I always got some interesting answers. Books make the mind think. They will outlive any video game or computer program anyone can come up with.