Ask Chris: how to instill a love of books to last a lifetime

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Chris,

You frequently write about books and reading with your children. I am the mother of two children, a baby and a 2 yr old. While I do read occasionally to my 2 year old, I wonder how I can instill a lifetime love of reading in them. How do I find good books? Any wise words of advice?

I know people who tell me that they don’t read. Ever. Not because they can’t, but because they don’t want to. They don’t enjoy reading. I can’t even understand this. It would be like someone saying they don’t like rainbows or candy or shoes on sale.

I have to think that somewhere along the way they were “taught” that reading isn’t fun. That it is a chore. Something that isn’t done once you leave the academic world behind.

Reading A Book

I think the fact that you are already reading to your two year old is a great place to start. See if your local library has an informal story time that you can attend. Barnes and Noble also has weekly story times for preschool aged children. They are free to attend, though you will probably end up leaving with a few new books under your arm. Click on the link to locate the participating store near you.

I think we all know the classics: Pat the Bunny, Good Night Moon, and Guess How Much I Love You. Of course all the books by Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak. I still have my Little Bear books from when I was a child, before it was bastardized into a Nikelodeon cartoon. Classic books stand the test of time.

But what about newer books? Ones that we might not be familiar with. Your local librarian can be a good resource as can asking some of your peers who have children. They will probably have read their children’s favorite books so many times that they can recite them word for word as well as give you the title and author.

However, over the past few years I have a few resources that I love and refer to often. Is your child very interested in a particular topic– trains, dinosaurs, knights– you can find books on these topics appropriate for their ages. A few years ago my son was fascinated by the Titanic. I think we have successfully read every single children’s book on the subject out there, including books about icebergs, ship building, and even penguins. Why? Because penguins live where there are icebergs of course!

honeyforachild'sheart

This is a great resource. It lists books for various ages and give a brief summary. It’s like a annotated book list.

books to build on

This book follows the Core Knowledge curriculum and offers books to read based on what your child is probably doing subject wise for each grade. If you have ever read the What Your ____ Grader Needs to Know, you will likely appreciate this book. It is an add-on of sorts to that series, answering the question, “What other good books are there on these topics?” I imagine that it would be a good supplemental resource for children who are attending public schools, as many public schools are now following the Core Curriculum.

Get Your Child To Love Reading

I just found this book at my local library last week and it is one I immediately added to my wishlist. It is more than just a list of books. At 500 hefty pages, it has hundreds of ideas for activities, anecdotes, ideas for encouraging reluctant readers, and on and on. The description of the book on amazon calls it an “exuberant treasure trove” and I am hard pressed to find any better words to describe this massive volume.

The Classical Christian Education Support Group has a web page listing 1000 Good Books. Good books being defined as those which have a timeless appeal. They are divided up by age/grade level. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but a wonderful resource nonetheless.

But what is it that these books all have in common? How do you encourage your children to become readers?

1) Read out loud to them daily from the time they are babies until they will no longer listen to you. My 12.5 yr old will still listen to me read stories out loud. Pick an exciting novel and read a chapter every night before bedtime. Or in my house, we read our chapter books after lunch when my youngest takes a nap. Pick a time of day that works for you and doesn’t make reading become a chore.

2) Make reading fun. Chose books to read that your children enjoy. Talk about the stories you are reading during other points of the day. “What do you think is going to happen in the story?” or “I can’t wait to see what that character is going to do about …”

3) Model good behavior. If your children see you reading for pleasure, they will think that reading is something people do for fun.

4) Set up a reading corner in your house. Buy or build some bookcases. Throw down a little area rug and a bunch of large pillows for laying on. Make it a place where your child feels comfortable and wants to spend time. Kids love little nooks that belong to just them.

5) Never, EVER punish your child by forcing them to read. For the love of all things holy do not do this. Or I will have to come over and beat you with a book or two.

And just one more book before I end this post. One for you.

This is a fabulous book for teens and grown-ups. I refer to it when I feel like reading a one of those books I “should” have read a long time ago but have somehow escaped me. It gives tips on reading some of the world’s greatest books in all the major genres. If you feel like your education was somehow lacking, then this is the book for you.

well educated mind

Happy Reading!

37 Responses to “Ask Chris: how to instill a love of books to last a lifetime”

  1. tori Says:

    I think sometimes a child needs to see someone else excited about reading to make them excited. Sometimes reading seems like a chore, especially when teachers send home reading charts where they need to write down how long they read, what pages they read, etc. Although I read all the time, my one daughter didn’t like to. She got sent to a special reading teacher at school who she is totally in love with and now we see her walking around the house repeating things the teacher said to her. She will say things like “Mrs. said she loves to see books on the nightstand.” “Mrs. likes it when I read in the bathtub.” etc.

    I have been reading to each of my four children seperately as a bedtime ritual since they were born. I just recently tried to combine the three older kids so it wouldn’t take two entire hours, but miss the alone time with each of them so I am going back to four seperate half hour reading times most nights. Hopefully we will be able to continue this even as they get older and busier!

    I love your resources. We haven’t done the titanic thing (not yet anyway but since I was obsessed with it when I was younger, I bet at least one of my kids will too), but my youngest son is obsessed with dinosaurs and Egypt. I think we both know way more than a person needs to know about each!

  2. Robbin Says:

    I so agree with your post!! Now how about one focusing on how to get your child to do everything else he is suppossed to be doing, but isn’t because he only wants to read?? I guess I can’t have it all! :0)

  3. Carolynn Says:

    Hi, I think reading is the best way to learn almost anything. I work in a Neonatal Intensive Care unit here in Western Australia and I try to encourage many of my parents to read to their preterm babies. We even have a small book collection in the nurdery for that reason, we too read to babies if we are not run off our feet which unfortunately seems to be more the case these days.

    I suggest to a lot of my parenst that even when they are home sitting breastfeeding they can also use that time to read, it can even be the News paper or even the book they are currently reading as it their voice and the intonations that they use that are important at this age. If you have a toddler you may even be able to get them to bring you their favourite book to read to them while you are nursing your other baby. I remember my parents reading to us from an early age too and I know they read to my brother from an early age, as in a baby inarms as he is 10 years younger than me. Mind you he has just turned 40 in Feb,and his own sone will turn 10 in May and is a bookworm as is his mother.

    I absolutely love reading books and often find myself reading well into the night when really I should be asleep, like now as I have Inservive all day tomorrow then am on shift again Friday Saturday Sunday.
    Even at my age I find I am always learning something new and enjoy it and often share the snipits of information I pick up with both my husband and my colleagues. My colleagues have often commented about the variation of my knowledge but that is only due to their being no limit to what I will read and find intersting, it should be encouraged in all ages, it keeps the mind alive too.

    CJ

  4. Wendy Says:

    I will admit I am not a big reader. I am not interested in all books, just certain ones. I was a big Stephen King fan in my younger days. I think of myself as more of a trash reader and not a classics reader. I think college didnt help me in this department, even though I was an English minor. Many of the books I had to read were not my cup of tea. I did like my class where we compared Greek mythology to the Bible.

    When my daughter was younger I read books to her that I liked. She has developed her own opinion at almost 5 yrs old and we dont agree on what books to read much. We compromise. I read her the Barbie book she just had to have and she will let me read the Mythology for kids books that I like. I, also, like the Cajun folktales, too.

    Anyway, I was coming to suggest the Boynton books.
    http://www.sandraboynton.com/sboynton/Introduction.html
    I really like these books, which is why we own practically all of them. The pictures are great and she uses silly words. I think they gave us many hours of fun.

    My son is 14 months old and seems to like books, but at the moment he likes to “read” them himself. He doesnt really like for me to read to him. I guess I will go with the flow and let him crawl around while I read to his sister at night.

  5. Ruth H Says:

    Well, I have told this story many times, and maybe even to you. I am 70, one of seven siblings, a twin, and a reader. We are all readers. Our mother potty trained her children with a book in hand. This was in the day of sometimes outdoor toilets, sometimes indoors, but only one per family. It made for crowded bathroom time but we are all readers. All have children who are readers. One of my earliest memories is my mother reading to us. “Tom, no answer, Tom”… I can still hear that in my head. She didn’t read things like I did to my children, the Seuss books, Little Golden Books, on no, it was classics, Tom, Huck, the Five little Peppers, Heidi, and many more, all were read over and over again. We read Hurlburt’s Story of the Bible and became well versed in the history of the people who make up the Old Testament. Sure, she and we, listened to radio but the stories we SAW in our minds were in the books my mother was reading.

    As I write this I think she was homeschooling before we were sent off to school. And needless to say, we all wound up with high IQ’s, maybe genetic, but helped along with a lot of mother reading time.

    As for my own children, I followed my mother’s example. I did not realize that I was a compulsive reader till my middle child, my older son said, “Mom, did you know Geoff reads everything he sees?” My thought was, “Doesn’t everybody?” Well apparently they don’t, that child didn’t. But he does now; he became the writer in the family.
    So even though he wasn’t a compulsive reader he read what he wanted and needed to and used it to great advantage.

    So, in answer to how to make a reader of your child, I guess the answer is BE A READER. And if you aren’t alread, become a reader.

  6. Rachel Says:

    As a children’s librarian, I am thrilled that you pointed towards local librarians for more guidance. There is nothing I like better than a parent who asks for book recommendations.

    I just wanted to mention that Esme Codell, the author of “How to get your child to love reading” has a blog where she regularly gives recommendations. planetesme.blogspot.com

  7. Chookooloonks Says:

    Great post, Chris. I don’t read as much as I’d like to these days, but my daughter has a HUGE library, and we read together often, from the moment she came home.

    I haven’t read all of the comments yet, but one thing I promised myself: that I would never say “no” if my daughter asked me to buy her a (subject-appropriate) book. If we’re in the grocery store, or Target, or whatever, I may (and often do) say “no” to the latest toy or piece of plastic crap, but NEVER to a book. Ever. And Alex already loves books, and “reads” to herself constantly. Anything I can do to fuel that love, the better.

    K.

  8. robiewankenobie Says:

    i wanted to recommend thrift shops as a great resource for books. we’ve found lots of lovely books at ours.

  9. Amy Says:

    Great post, Chris! I just read How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Rah Codell and I agree, it’s amazing. Talk about a boatload of ideas, holy cow.

    After swearing up and down for years that I would NEVER homeschool, we pulled our daughter out of public school in January and haven’t looked back. What a blast it’s been. At first I was completely wigged out about what I would teach and how I would know WHAT to teach. But now I’ve adopted the motto: “When in doubt, read a book.” I’m astounded at how much we’ve learned.

    My daughter says she doesn’t like to read but here’s how I’m attemtping to turn that around.

    1. She has never turned down a story we read together. So, any time we’ve got some free time, I suggest we read a book. Works every time. ;)

    2. Like you, when she shows interest in a topic, I try to find every single book known to man on that subject. It’s hard to turn down a story about something she’s naturally drawn to.

    3. We go to the library at least once a week and I bet we check out an average of 40 books at a time. (I’m sure we’d check out more except carrying them and herding three little ones at the same time gets to be a bit tricky.) She’s free to choose any books she wants (kind of like shopping only better because I never tell her no) and I try to gather books on a wide variety of topics so when we get home, if we start a story she doesn’t like, we’ve got plenty more to choose from.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s only a matter of time before I break her and she becomes a hardcore reader on her own. :)

  10. cass Says:

    Also, start reading younger. My twins (8 months old) seem to love story-time. At this age, I select books that I enjoy reading - things with good rhythm or charm of some kind. For us, that’s a bunch of Sandra Boynton, Mary Murphy, and other board books. They like to grab at the book (er, “help” turn the pages) so board books are our primary materials now.

    Also, garage sales often have good kids books, especially if you don’t mind pre-chewed corners and slightly rumpled pages.

  11. Angel Says:

    Besides weekly (or more often) library trips, my other big “let’s read” tip is magazine subscriptions. There are some really good ones out there aimed at young folk. I’m a big fan of the Babybug/Ladybug/Cricket/Spider/Click etc folks. I mean who doesn’t love getting mail and the novelty is just wearing off one issue when the next one comes. Plus it keeps things fresh. There was a time when my then 2 year old decided that there were only 4 books in the universe worth reading and the repetition got a little maddening. About the time I’d be considering tearing my hair out over “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” a new Babybug would arrive and peace would be restored.

    My library has these magazines for check out so sometimes I just pretend the mailman brought a new one and whip out some back issue from the there.

  12. maria Says:

    I wonder if a lot of parents don’t like to read b/c their expectations are too high at too young an age. I love to read and my Mom is a huge reader -so when #1 son was born I expected him to sit and read with me from day one. It wasn’t til he was maybe 2 that we had a formalized story time - I always felt like a bad mom b/c we didn’t have a formalized story time for a while. I kept hearing my friends talk about how their kids loved books - and well - mine didn’t - or I didn’t think so. However, he grew, I chilled and we found our groove. Now the issue is juggling the different attention spans and interest of 7, 5 and almost 3 yr old. We’ve read all 7 Narnia - when #1 son was 6 and #2 son would play until we got to a page w/pictures. Now we read Dora and Ballerina books that #3 child - daughter - enjoys and then she bugs us while we read the other stuff.

    Story time is my favorite time of day and it makes it hard to enforce bedtime. I try to herd the kids (okay it’s “only 3″ but it feels like a herd) through teeth, jammie and picking up by 8 so we can get 1/2 hr in - but no matter what they always want “just one more”. They love the stories - but I also think it’s the one thing that I do with them that I’m not multi-tasking - it’s the one way I’m good at playing with them.

  13. wookie Says:

    Used book places are awsome to grow your collection for much less than you’d pay in stores. And librarians are WONDERFUL resources. Ours (small town) librarian knows us now and will tell us when we go in that there’s a new dolphin/penguin/seuss book in.

    My kids loved the Clifford books, books by Todd Parr, Dr. Seuss, the PD Eastman books (same publisher as Seuss, “Go Dog Go” etc.), most of the Golden Books, etc. I’m not a fan of Todd Parr but I think the colours are what makes his books attractive to the toddlers.

    I start reading chapter books to my kids when they are about 3 or so, and their favourites were the Narnia books, the Little House on the Prarie series, and the Spiderwick Chronicles. Charlotte’s Web, the Secret Garden and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh are all on the early summer reading list.

    The more you read, and the more you read to your child, the more they will enjoy reading.

  14. Antique Mommy Says:

    Children and reading. I can hardly think of a more important topic.

    I read this book once called “The Gentle Revolution” which proposes that children can learn to read and do math like by age 2. Well that didn’t happen but one nugget that I did get from that book was that you are always enforcing the idea that reading and learning are the funnest things you can do. And that seems to have worked. Sean loves books more than anything.

    Our philosophy is that you can’t have too many books. We buy books at regular retails stores, but we also buy them at garage sales and Good Will so that we can keep a steady stream of new content. If your child sees you reading and enjoying books, then they probably will too.

  15. coloradomommy Says:

    Ah, but I like the Little Bear shows! So gentle, so quiet. The Anti-Dora, I call it. Man, I can’t stand that screaming Dora.

  16. Shelly Says:

    Reading…..we LOVE to read here in our home. We have bookshelves on every single wall, which are loaded with books. My boys would rather pick out books than toys any day! We encourage reading by getting books that cover things our boys are interested in. We read the newspaper, we read the internet, we read anything we can get our hands on and encourage our sons to do the same. We make it fun and never say no to it. We buy books at goodwill, yard sales, books are gifts, and we have library cards to all the libraries here in the Los Angeles area. Reading is wonderful and I grieve when I come across parents who push other things other than reading.

    Now despite all this, I have three sons who are poor readers due to learning disabilities. Two struggle and the other has learned ways to figure it out. He also likes to write, so he writes his stories. This helps him figure things out. My other two, well, one really hates to write and the other I am encouraging him to write, which isn’t his favorite, but I can see improvements with his reading.

  17. CathyC Says:

    Very good topic! I love books–always have–and I have my parents to thank. I have 2 kids (ages 3 and 1), and I read to them EVERYDAY. We have books in every room of our house (yes, including the bathrooms and the dungeon basement). I got tired of tripping over all the books, so I bought a small bookcase at a yard sale and stuck it in my kitchen. That instantly became the new reading corner. I get children’s books for 50 cents at our local library all the time. Anyone can drop off books they are done reading at our library, and the library gets to sell them for ridiculously cheap to make some extra money. (I have also scooped up plenty of best sellers for me). I was brought up thinking that reading was fun, and I believe that my kids think so, too. I mean, anyone who can listen to Dr Suess’ Hop on Pop AT LEAST twice a day, has got to love books!

  18. Sarah Says:

    I turned out to be a voracious reader (and my brother is “worse”), which I attribute to the fact that my parents house had books everywhere, Mom read to us during the day, Dad read to us in the morning, and we made many trips to the library. Books were presented to us (not in so many words) as repositories of all knowledge and ideas, whether factual or fictional. If we saw a TV program we liked, Mom would encourage us to check and see if it was based on a book, and then if it was we’d check it out from the library.

    And by the way, “forced” reading times aren’t always that bad. My Dad forced us to get up at 6:30 (pre-dawn in many cases) so he could read to us for half an hour before he went to work. We hated getting up, we often wished we could ditch that particular story time, but I have to admit: once he started the reading we were hooked, and I remember the books he read to us to this day.

  19. Cheryl Says:

    I have two children, 22 & 24. I have to tell you that I hardly ever read to them when they were little. I’m not really sure why, I/we just didn’t.

    But, my husband and I have always read for pleasure and they’ve always seen that. We encouraged them to read. They have both always been readers and they still are. Or, my daughter will be once she graduates from college in May and has time to read for pleasure. During Christmas break she couldn’t wait to find something not school-ish to read.

  20. Mary W Says:

    I think my advice is to have your children see you read from an early age

    we also make books gifts. we give abook and a small toy to go along with the story.

    I used to give the kids those cloth and squishy books as soon as the were free of the womb.

    The oldest started reading to the youngest (he checked a book out of the librarywith bright colors on black because the baby nurse told him babies liked that) to read to his brother.

    we also encourage them to read books on what interests them

    We have to tell our kids to put the books down and do other things

  21. Jen3 @ amazing trips Says:

    Great post.

    I did a What Works For Me Wednesday - several months ago about this very topic. Here’s the recipe we’ve employed for getting our babies (TOTALLY) hooked on books:

    http://amazingtrips.blogspot.com/2006/08/story-time.html

  22. Brigitte Says:

    Ah, we love the Little Bear cartoons too, they’re about the only thing on TV that’s so gentle and sweet and stress-free.

    I started reading to my daughter when she was a newborn (just to hear the sound of my voice). Hopefully that, and seeing me read frequently, will instill a love of books in her - before the public schools try to beat it out of her by making her analyze every word and look for symbolism everywhere. Maybe that’s why I mostly stick to trashy Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror fiction . . .

  23. cce Says:

    We’re loaded with books and, like you, I can’t imagine what aren’t readers do with themselves? So I think that #3 is probably the most important bit on your list. I grew up in a household of readers and my children will too. They know that reading is a pleasure to their parents and see it as a treat. Also, illustrations, illustrations, illustrations. Nothing grabs a child faster than a good picture. Caldecott books are a sure hit!

  24. Meg Says:

    Number 3 is SO important - Sophia loves books already, I think, in large part because her dad and I read all the time. She sees us reading, so she does.

    Also, it helps that we almost never have our TVs on - neither of us has cable, and the 3.5 channels we do get are never interesting enough to peruse, so Sophia mostly just plays - books, toys, colors, etc.

  25. chris Says:

    Oh thanks for reminding me, thrift stores are great sources for used books. As is your local Goodwill. My kids love going there because there is always so many books and they are so cheap you can leave with several arm loads for under $20!

  26. Meg's Mom Says:

    Wow - so many thoughts!

    First, we are Readers. If you do all of these things, you may still have a non-reader. In our case, our youngest LOVED to be read to, long past the age where he should have been stealing off to finish the book by himself. He just never read to himself. We had him tested at Sylvan’s (thank God for Sylvan’s) and discovered that he had missed some of the critical links in developing reading skills. Two years later (and lots of $$) and he could read - but he still DIDN’T read. We struggled with this because for the rest of the family reading was at the top of our leisure time pursuits. Over time his grades became erratic and his apparent laziness was driving us bonkers. We finally invested in a good therapist and discovered that this child has ADD (NOT ADHD). It turns out that boys with ADD are much harder to diagnose. He’s never going to be the same type of reader that the rest of us are, but he’s going to be able to cope with the world around him. Message: if you’re a reader and you’ve done all the reading things and your child STILL doesn’t read, investigate learning disabilites and attention deficit disorders with a good therapist; it’s money well spent.

  27. Jenna Says:

    What a great entry. :)

  28. Cooksonmom Says:

    We LOVE to read aloud! My kids are 7, 3 and (soon to be) 1. I read aloud everyday, for hours sometimes. We have just finished the 3rd Harry Potter book (today) and can’t wait to start the 4th one (today). When our homeschool journey began I read lots of books and searched tons of websites. One book I recommend to people who want to read aloud to their kids is Jim Trelease’s The Read Aloud Handbook. I have used this book extensively and it gives great summaries and levels the books by read aloud age. I have notes and lines and circles all over the inside of this book! Thanks for offering me great blogs to read…I will go back to lurking! :)

  29. Melina Says:

    To Meg’s Mom - don’t lose hope! While the rest of our family are voracious readers, my youngest brother has severe dyslexia. It took him years to learn to read at all, and it wasn’t until the last couple of years that he’s been able to read well enough to actually get the correct sense of what is written. Still, he hated reading. And then this spring, FINALLY, at 15 years old, he seems to have crossed over into enjoying books for the first time. I credit some good friends of his from our church - they talked about some books they really enjoy, and since he looks up to them a lot, he borrowed the books - and read them! He’s on his third real novel now, and I am so pleased. It’s just sci-fi, but hey, it’s the written word, it’s a start…
    I guess this kind of goes with Chris’s #3 - only in this case it was seeing his friends enjoy reading that got him interested.

  30. Jenifer Says:

    Hi Chris!
    Great topic as always. I just wanted to add that when my daughter was 4 going on 5 we started a mom and daughter book club (although we had one boy - and have added some others). Anyhow, we all read the same chapter book to the kids, then met and sat in a big circle and talked about the book. each child got to tell their favorite part. It was so fun!!! The kids loved it and ask all the time when their book club is. After the kids talk about the book, they run off and play and we moms get to visit for a while too. I think it is never too early for children to see how fun it is to be in the same room with other people who have read the same book. plus, it helps them get into chapter books, and know there is that “reward” of book club at the end.
    We have read lots of fun books, like ramona the pest and charlotte’s web, and we started with my father’s dragon.
    We have about 7 kids in the club now and it has been over a year!!!

  31. babette Says:

    The Reading Mother

    I had a mother who read to me
    Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
    Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
    “Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
    I had a Mother who read me lays
    Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
    Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
    Which every boy has a right to know.
    I had a Mother who read me tales
    Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
    True to his trust till his tragic death,
    Faithfulness lent with his final breath.
    I had a Mother who read me the things
    That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
    Stories that stir with an upward touch.
    Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
    You may have tangible wealth untold;
    Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
    Richer than I you can never be –
    I had a Mother who read to me.
    ~Strickland Gillilan

    Susan Wise Bauer has a blog: The History of the (Whole) World.

  32. daring one Says:

    Thank you for this. I’ve been having issues with reading lately, just not knowing if I’m reading the right books or the right way. I am pleased to say that I know HOW to read. This is a great place to start.

  33. homeschooled guy Says:

    Great tips :-) I will just add that having my parents instill in me a love for reading and learning is the greatest gift I have ever received.

  34. Pia Says:

    Thank you so much for this very insightful post.

    We read and sing a lot to the girls and they love it. But we also have made rules that makes reading fluency a must.

    For example we do not read aloud when my 6 year old plays electronic games, so she has learned to read English rather fast, and she sees the point in knowing how to.

    Reading, curiosity, and knowing how to find information to read is the cornerstones of our upbringing of the girls.

  35. Melanie Says:

    The NY Times has a great book listing children’s books (both classics and those you may not have heard of) that I turn to when I run out of ideas. There are also some good blogs where people review children’s books. I think it’s helpful to be a reader yourself (I always have at least one book going) and to show that you make time for it in your own life, and to have the books be accessible - if they’re high up or in an out-of-the-way corner, who’s going to bother? I started reading to my son in utero and he’s had books pretty much every night of his life since then, we make it a priority and we enjoy that time together before bed/naps - the ritual is comforting and it makes books a key part of our day. I can’t wait until he gets older and we can do book clubs together - all of us read the same book and discuss it over dinner, that sort of thing. Books are such a huge part of our lives. This is an awesome post, I didn’t mean to hijack it on you! : )

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