Monday, October 5, 2009

Read, Read!

I have many favorite writers. Most of them write children's books. Dr. Seuss, Patricia Polaco, Beverly Cleary, Richard Peck, and E.B. White to name a few. Some of them keep online journals in the form of a blog. Ryan Ashley Scott is one of those. Today she talked about her addiction to bookstores and sharing that with her son Monsoon.

I share this addiction. I love bookstores too, especially the children's section. Most of my favorite series even to read to myself were written for children. Narnia, Ramona, Magic Treehouse, Rangers Apprentice, Horrible Harry and Anne of Green Gables to name but a few.

I also love the library. We frequently put books on hold and then wait anxiously for that book to come available; cheering aloud when we get the phone message stating our book is now waiting on the shelf.

When our kids were little we could sit for hours reading aloud together. I know. Hours? But it's true. As long as I could stay awake, they could stay focused. Even when they were tiny.

One of them would say at the beginning of a story, "Once a time a time..." and then at the end, "Read End." When reading a frequently repeated favorite I sometimes had a hard time staying awake and then they would say, "Read, Read!!"

We still read aloud together sometimes. I wish more often.

Cycle Guy used to say it doesn't get more Norman Rockwell than this. And I would smile because one of my dreams had come true.

10 comments:

Rogers said...

I wish we would read aloud more often. One of my favorite children's books was introduced to me by YOU!! "Q is for Duck". I think this book taught Parker and Kate all the animals sounds :D

Mike J said...

Dr. Seuss is a sedative for me. I don't think I've ever made it past page 20 on any of those books without the kids having to wake me up.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I love the "read end" at the end of a book. Monsoon sometimes says stuff like that, too. Sharing that love of reading is such a gift for children. (and thanks for the shout-out) :)

Joy For Your Journey said...

I hear ya!! I am terrible in a book store. I never get out of there without spending much more money than I should. Funny thing is during the school year I have very little time to read so all those books pile up and then I read like crazy all summer. Although I admit, I am sneaking in a cheesy little romance at the moment. :-)

everydayMOM said...

Ahhhh... we love to share stories together, too. What great memories!

Lizzylou said...

This is exactly why I became a librarian... get all the books I want for free and have immunity from overdue fees! This is really the life!

JoLyn said...

Jenny, I'm still waiting for you to open your children's book store!!! My favorite picture book authors and illustrators of all time are Don and Audrey Wood...King Bidgood's in the Bathtub and The Red Ripe Strawberry. I guess that dates me because my favorites are from when my kids were little. Now that I have a grandson I need to check out what's new!

Anna Lisa said...

If you open a children's bookstore, can I come work for you?? My love/addiction to children's literature is genetic...By the way, I just found out that TONS of people are reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" tomorrow (the 8th) for some Guiness record/reading kick-off day. How fun is that?!!

Tipper said...

Oh I'm a book lover too-and so far one of my girls has followed suit-she goes around with a book in her hand just like I did as a kid. Now if I could only get the other one to do it too :)

Jessi G said...

Completely agree on the addiction to the book stores. But sadly its not even book stores it is the book section at a grocer store
I have to stay away from. My roommate will play video games at Wal Mart and I'll be in the book section arms full of books only to leave them behind because my wallet moans and reminds me of my lack of greenbacks. lol