Monday, May 24, 2010

reading: post edit

* beckham says, "oh, man" all the time. with great inflection. wish print could capture the sound. he also says, "oh my goodness!"

* I tried to call D tonight on our way home from swim and couldn't get him. cooper said, "just text him." what? I text a lot, but I don't really use that word. I asked him how he knew about texting. He said he learned it when grandma robinson was here. she is a great texter... funny that he caught on.

* Seneca is into talking about making good choices. She'll tell me in the car, "look mom! I'm making a good choice and keeping my arms in my straps!" or, "mom, I'm not kicking your seat!" a while ago I asked her to make a good choice and stay in her bed and she said, "ok, I will make a good choice and stay in my bed because it makes you sooooo happy." well, that's true. it's not really the reason to make a good choice, but at this point, I'll take it!

** I'm reviewing an awesome book, the read-aloud handbook. It's amazing what reading to a child does for their own reading and language skills. I'm convinced that kids start speaking earlier and with greater clarity when they are read to, and that they enjoy reading more on their own. This book has several great principles, completely worth your time. I think it will be my go-to baby gift. It makes me grateful that my parents read to me growing up and that we have that as part of our daily routine in our family.

My mom has always loved children's books and gives them to us as gifts every year. It is a gift I look forward to. She has a knack for picking out great ones and it's fun to have our home library grow. It's also so nice to have the public library system be easy to use- go online, reserve the list of books we want and go pick them up. I have rediscovered some great childhood favorites with my kids the past few weeks, like Amelia Bedelia, Harry the Dirty Dog, King Bidgood and learned about others like the Magic Tree House series. It only takes a time or two reading a book until Cooper knows it well enough to tell it to the others. I caught Beckham on the couch by himself the other day reading out loud about the "dirty dog." It was pretty cute. We are just discovering Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy. What are your favorites to read with your kids??

The weather has been so nice lately that it's a bummer to come in for bedtime, so we've been taking the books outside. We throw a quilt on the grass, take out pillows and lay and listen to stories as the sun goes down. It's pretty magical. The change of scenery helps the kids hold still and listen, I could easily read for 45 minutes before they're restless. I see a lot of reading in our summer future.

post edit: I was thinking about some of the great reading memories I have and I don't know that I've ever recorded them. The one I best remember is my dad reading Huckleberry Finn to my sister and I. We lived in the duplex, in the basement bedroom with the flower wallpaper. The doll hutch was in between our two twin beds. Dad would sit on the floor or bring in a chair and read to us before we went to sleep. I think I loved the adventures of Huck and Tom because my dad did. I'm excited to read that with my kids someday. My dad doesn't read a lot of fiction so that stands out to me, how much he loved that book. And Jane Austen. He loves Jane Austen and therefore I do too.

I also remember reading the BFG together as a family. I don't know where we were, but I kind of remember that we read part of that on a trip somewhere. Mom was reading to us from the front seat and we were laughing about whizpoppers. I also remember reading the Indian in the Cupboard. I don't know if mom read that one to me, or if I read it on my own and talked to her about it, but I remember really liking that book.

Everything from the Berstein Bears to the Baby-sitters Club... I loved hiding away and escaping to other places through books. My reading for pleasure was more sporatic once I started college, but I'm grateful to have a love for books and reading instilled me and I'm excited to share it with my kids.


Sincerely, Raynie said...

You should check out David Shannon's books for your kids...they are GREAT! Not only will your kids like them, I promise you will too! Let me know if you do and what you think! :D

Torey said...

Good job with the reading, mom! I have a favorite picture book wish list that I have compiled based off of favorite books I've seen as both an educator and mom. You can download it at or go to my 2.14.2010 post for a link.

rebecca said...

That does sound magical to be able to read outside before bed on the grass. One day....

Leslie said...

Ditto to everything you said about reading. My mom read to my brothers and I all the time growing up. She never said no to book fairs, trips to the library, or when I wanted to pick out a book (or five) when the scholastic catalog came out at school. I LOVE that Tralee loves reading and that trips to library excite her. Some of her most recent favorites are any of the Olivia, Angelina Ballerina, and Curious George books. She loves anything to do with animals. As for me, my hold on The Shanghai Girls just came up today. I've been wanting to read that forever. . . in fact, I'm off to read it right now!

tenacious d said...

Ohmygosh! So many memories of my parents, especially my mom, reading to me. Suess's Hop On Pop was definitely a family favorite. When I was older, Mom read The Secret Garden and The Diary of Anne Frank aloud to us. She loved them, so I loved them, too. Oh, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Those are the biggies in my memory.

Jess said...

I'm currently reading "What to Read When" by Pam Allyn, which has TONS of reading lists by ages but also according to different themes.I highly recommend it.

Also, a favorite website is It outlines exactly what is in books, movies, websites, and more. Very helpful for finding reading material at an appropriate level that also has an appropriate subject, especially as kids get older.

Nancy said...

amelia bedelia is fantastic.

i used to have fancy nancy on an easel in my office. great books although i think she kind of sold out and franchised everything. ah well.

both amelia bedelia and fancy nancy teach kids to appreciate words and their meanings.

The Silly Witch said...

Pippi loved Rosemary Wells books when she was little. I think they capture the magic of childhood and family relationships quite well. Bardo's LOVES Curious George. His choice reminds me that even though he gets in trouble a lot right now, everything will turn out all right in the end. I love to read Kevin Henkes childrens books to my kids; they make me laugh.

When I was little my Dad had my favorite story (The Sesame Street Princess and the Cookie) memorized. He could read it with his eyes closed!

Ashlee said...

I will have to check out the Read Aloud Handbook. Do I need to own it or just borrow it from the library? What is BFG? I may be tired, but I just can't think of what it could be! :)

Emily said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Indian in the Cupboard!!!

I remember my Dad reading us books, the one that stands out is Where the Red Fern Grows, I wonder if Grandpa read to them?