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July 14, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: Favorite Reading Memories

Kate Hart
I'm that annoying aunt who always gives kids books as gifts, and this is why. Just like Michelle, I was the kid surrounded by shiny toys on Christmas morning, nose stuck in a book. (This picture is from 1988, at the height of my Baby Sitters Club obsession.)

It's hard to pick just one favorite memory. When I was five, my kindergarten teacher had me read to the class when she was called out of the room. My mom told everyone she knew, which made me inordinately proud. My dad read to my sister and me every night, and those books are still some of my favorites: The Trumpet of the Swan, Charlotte's Web, The Borrowers, The Boxcar Children.

But very best has been watching my boys learning to love books. I had a lot of "rules" for parenting before I actually became a parent, but the one I've stuck to the closest is "I will always read to you when you ask." It's served us well. Nothing beats passing down our favorites (last month my son decided he too wanted to live in a boxcar, but only if Mommy, Daddy and little brother could come), and we've found a few new favorites (dear Mo Willem, I LOVE YOU).

The very best: Seeing my boys have some Christmas morning moments of their own.


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19 comments:

  1. that is such an awesome rule. Love all the pics :)

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  2. Your post made me smile. We're a book loving household too with LOTS of great family memories involving books and cuddling. :)

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  3. I'm the auntie that always gives books too. :) It's kind of cool to introduce my beloved books to my nieces and nephews.

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  4. the cuteness is burning my eyeeees....(both you AND your boys!)

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  5. The boxcar books <33 Those pictures... they are so burningly adorable!

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  6. Your little guy's reading is AWESOME! Yay for families who love books. :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, how old is your son?! He looks so little to be reading so well!

    I think my greatest fear is that my kids won't like books, so I've added your parenting rule to my own pre-parent list!

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  8. So cute!! (Including you in the awesome sweater!) I love the red striped feety pajamas.

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  9. Thanks guys. I think they're pretty cute. :)

    Kaits, those are PJs! Although I definitely would have worn something equally ugly as regular clothes. LOL

    Sarah, he's two in that video, four now. He learned to read freakishly early.

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  10. My husband and I are so the uncle and aunt who always sends our niece books! :) She's only 20 months but I am hoping one day she will appreciate it!

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  11. That video is so ADORABLE! wow, and I thought I learned to read early. It's so awesome that he seems to enjoy reading so much--it breaks my heart when kids find it too hard and get frustrated because they don't have a patient teacher.

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  12. That's a very sweet story. Have you read your sons the Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems... they are the funniest books out on the market.

    http://www.amazon.com/Am-Going-Elephant-Piggie-Book/dp/1423119908/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279142035&sr=1-1

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  13. The pictures! *dies* Amazing. I was a big fan of Amelia Bedelia and Junie B. Jones, but The Borrowers! Yes! :D

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  14. Ah, such sweet pictures, and I love your rule for always reading when asked. I make it a point to always give my niece and nephew a book for christmas too

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  15. k' you and your husband look RIDICULOUSLY young.

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  16. My mom had the same rule. Along with "it's never too late to read."
    I am eternally grateful =)

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  17. That is just too cute! Way to go, Mama Kate, for instilling a love of reading in your children. I fully credit my mother with my love of the written word, so maybe your boys will carry on the traditions of reading and writing as they grow up.

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  18. fanfreakingtastic!!
    How cute are your boys? and how WONDERFUL it is to see kids who LOVE books.

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