Welcome to Bookworm Raising!

Hi! I’m Amanda. I’m a daughter of the King of Kings and wife to Warren. We’re in the business of bookworm raising in one of the most literary towns in all of the USA – Oxford, Mississippi. We love books and the conversations that they create centered on truth, beauty and goodness.

This blog is a dream come true for me. I’ve always been a bookworm and my kids love books as much as I do. I’m so excited to share how books shape our days, our school and our family’s view of the world.


But there’s a bigger reason for this site than to share our book adventures.

Books are my passion because they can help us build bridges to our kids’ souls. A great story can change a life. Lap time with a book can engage a child and meet more needs than you can ever imagine. You’re filling your child’s cup when you sit down and read a book together.

Not only does reading a book to your child give you time together, it opens the door to literacy. It opens the door to critical thinking. It opens the door to imagination.

Leigh Bortins, founder of Classical Conversations, writes in The Core: Teaching Your Child The Foundations of a Classical Education:

Teaching core reading skills is best done alongside rather than in front of a student. This is a great time to bond with your children. Especially when they’re young, pull them on to your lap or put an arm around them as you encourage them to read difficult books out loud. Touch helps to break down fear and self-doubt and any other emotional barriers. Often our struggles stem from a lack of emotional confidence.

What better way to bond with our children than over a story? You don’t have to have any other qualification than to be able to read to engage your child.

I have a rigid, high-strung son who can make the paint peel off the walls when he gets worked up over something like a crumb on his face. Seriously.

One of my best tools is to scoop him up and sit him in my lap with a book. It may take a few minutes, but this completely changes his line of thinking and gives us a moment to reconnect.

We’re taking the focus off the problem and putting our focus on something good (a story), something beautiful (our relationship) and something true (a moment we can never get back).

I hope you enjoy our journey through books as we begin a culture of bookworm raising.



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