Yesterday I read these two books to a group of 55 young primary school children. Reading to children is a very worthwhile pursuit. It encourages them to love stories and teaches them to read for themselves. Reading books to children also provides the opportunity for a shared experience. I think the value of a shared experience is greatly underappreciated. We live in a world where we are offered so many choices and therefore we tend to fall into the trap of thinking we always have the right to our preference. Yet this attitude breeds selfishness. Sometimes it is beneficial to deliberately create a shared experience—like reading a book with a child.