Jared Staudt, coordinator of the Catholic studies program at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., pointed out that “great literature teaches common sense, how to think rightly about reality and have wonder in the face of reality. It enlivens the imagination and really lays the foundation for more generalized education that follows.” …

The greatest challenge can be to spark and sustain the children’s interest, Fahey said. “The key is that the mother and father must be readers themselves.” …