I have a baby shower this weekend and the momma asked that along with the general gift most people get that we would also bring a book. She would like to start reading to her daughter and have things for her to get interested in reading at an early age. I simply love this idea. I think too often parents have neglected the encouragement of reading for various different reasons. It is part of the parents' job to spark the love of books and literature in all aspects (yes I include comics and graphic novels as literature and would encourage my kid to read comics because hey they are reading). We can do silly voices or let our kids do the voices to encourage their creativity.
We live in a society were video games, computers, television are the power houses in youth entertainment. Reading has become something that is looked upon with disgust and things I read as a child are no longer what holds their attention. I commend authors like J.K Rowling who have sparked a reading frenzy with the Harry Potter series. Kids, teens, and adults all rushed to read the novels as with Stephanie Myers with "Twilight Sage." There are others who also are sparking an interest in reading amongst teens, and that is a trend that needs to continue and start younger.
Rather than bring sexy back...let bring reading back!