Currently, I am dean of the College of Professional Studies and professor of education at West Virginia State University, where I taught methods classes for future teachers. I included not only a recommendation for "Aesop's Fables" for its read aloud value, but also for the value the fables have for teaching against bullying and other classroom management issues.
I highly recommend this book as a suggestion for "Reading for the ages." There are many different editions of this book in which some are more beautifully illustrated than others.
Newspaper helped ability to read
My first experience with reading was learning how to read a newspaper. I learned about the many parts of the paper and how to put the paper back together as I had found it. Most adults want their paper in the same condition as it was delivered. I know I become angry when the sections aren't where they are supposed to be.
I have three papers delivered to my home and when I travel the first thing I look for is coffee and a newspaper. I'm very lucky that my five children are all readers. My three sons are all writers. My oldest son, now deceased, had two books published and my middle son taught writing at a state university. The baby in the family will surprise you sometimes with a story about his grandfather that can bring tears to your eyes. My two daughters are avid readers and always encourage me to continue my writing.
I encourage all parents to set up a reading corner for their children. It could be in the kitchen when a meal is being prepared or in the car on the way from the grocery store, but always find time to listen to your children read. My favorite writer is Sherwood Anderson. I lived Winesburg, Ohio and never get tired of reading and rereading it.
My favorite book is about the early days of Braxton and Webster counties and the people who tamed the wilderness. The book is "Moccasin Tracks and Other Imprints" by William Christian Dodrill.
Phyllis W. Jarvis