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25 October 2009

For The Love Of Reading

Last night my neighbour Caren, Gretchen and I all went to the local La Leche League's spaghetti dinner fundraiser. We had a really fabulous time -- especially at the silent auction! I battled it out for a few items, and in the end walked away with this fabulous prize:

My $20 bid won this set of 31 brand new Franklin books!

Books are one of those things that I just can't and won't stop buying for Gretchen. You can never have enough, really, and she actually already loves to have stories read. She does get a little impatient, and would sometimes rather be chewing the pages than looking at them, but when she holds them and stares at the words it makes my heart sing.

I spent HOURS everyday during my childhood just sitting & read -- inside, outside, in the woods behind our house, in the hammock, under my bed, under the kitchen table, on the desk in the living room, in my tree house, by the pool -- anywhere & everywhere. I would grab a blanket or some pillows and curl up to devour some Judy Blume, The Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley Twins, Chronicles of Narnia or Anne of Green Gables.

Every night I would read til I fell asleep. My mom would come in to turn off my light & place my book on my nightstand.

I truly hope to pass down my love of books to my daughter. It's such a fabulous world & I want her to explore it, page by page, just like her mama.


Note: I've added two new features to the right hand sidebar. Gretchen's Picks will showcase books that she's been enjoying lately, and under Currently Reading I'll be updating books in my own reading list. Feel free to email any suggestions for books you think we'd enjoy Merci!

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Blogger lililly said...

Yay!! I wrote a psot about reading to babes too. Love love books!

October 26, 2009 at 2:39 AM  
Blogger jasmine said...

that's my dream for my unborn babies too. i plan on reading them my favorite books while i'm pregnant...i'm crazy like that.

and remember are you there god, it's me margaret? my DOCTOR gave me that book when i turned 10! ha! i read it about a hundred times.

October 26, 2009 at 3:56 AM  
Blogger carly said...

I LOVED franklin when i was a kid. really cute stories.

October 26, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger mikki roo said...

The boys love Franklin!! And the illustrations always seem to catch kids' eyes, they're so detailed. I totally agree you can never have too many books for your kids. I have a bookshelf full in the boys' room, plus a wicker basket full in the vehicle. They happily pull them out whether we're driving 5 miles or 500! When I was pregnant with my first one, I joined a book club where I got a shipment of Dr Seuss books every few weeks and it is so worth it!!

October 26, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Johanna said...

Oh My! Reading this post made me have a huge smile on my face. I'm so happy to hear that you read to Gretchen.
I LOVED being read to when I was a little girl! My mom was a children's librarian when I was little and I would go to the library with her everyday.
I also LOVED the Babysitter's Club and Anne of G.G.
I think it's never too young to start reading to the babes...I've started with lil' Noah.

October 26, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Simply Colette said...

Oh I still have my Baby-Sitter Club and Sweet Valley collection in boxes. Can't seem to part with them. :)

October 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Monster Girl said...

Anne of Green Gables, The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins were my favourites too :D

November 3, 2009 at 11:14 PM  

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