Monday, February 23, 2009

READ ME WEEK 2009

This is READ ME WEEK 2009. It reminds me of all the books I've read to my six children as they grew up. One of our very favorites was "Katy And The Big Snow." My children loved it and I think we wore out three of them over the years. I now have a new copy that I keep in the bookcase beside my big chair. I pull it out every now and then and silently reminisce about the good old days when the kids were young and loved our reading time together.

Some of you still have young children and some of us have grandchildren. I think it's so important to read to them while they're young. It not only encourages a love for books, but creates special memories that will never be forgotten.


***Do you and your children/grandchildren have a special book you love to read together? Perhaps it is dog-eared with pages falling out or faded from wear, tear, and time. Whatever it's condition, it will be forever treasured in the mind of your young person.

22 comments:

Wade, Janalyn, & Wookie said...

I love books and I especially love being read to. I have 2 very fond memories of being read to one was by my granny she read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Then my 4th grade teacher read us Summer of the Monkeys love both of those stories.

Barbara said...

Janalyn- There are so many great books for children out there. I still love to buy them, if just for myself. I loved having my children to read to and miss it.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Love reading stories to children, but alas, there are none nearby to read to anymore! My kids and granddaughters loved the Dr. Seuss books, The Giving Tree, Curious George and Hope For The Flowers.

Jimmy said...

I remember that book! I loved it very much and read it many times. Maybe Sienna and Mikenna will like it too :)

JD said...

As a young child you would often find me with a book in my hand...I loved to read, some of my favorites were Black Beauty and The Secret Garden, and I remember reading both those books to my daughter and Granddaughter. Jill

Janna Qualman said...

That's how my love started; my mom read to my sister and me a lot. And I do read to my daughters, I think it's so important. So far, my oldest has taken a great shine to reading and writing, so I'm pleased!

One of our favorites is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Have read to my 3 kidlets forever, and all love to read now. Blanche and the Blue Nosed Witch is a great one.

Joanne said...

I started reading to my children when they were infants, cardboard books progressing to children books. They are lifelong readers now, and some of their early favorites were Are You My Mother?, Three Little Kittens, The Story of Ping.

Cindy said...

Hi, I love your blog. I always enjoy my visit. My childhood favorites are Blueberries for Sal, The Trumpet of the Swan and Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Karen (KayKay) said...

We are huge readers in this family. I read to my children as long as they would let me and look forward to reading to grandchildren. Each had their favorite. My son's was a now out of print book called "Wolf Story." He would laugh until he couldn't sit up when we read it to him. My middle daughter loved "All About Alice." This was a sweet little book about a day in the life of a preschooler. It is sadly also out of print. My youngest loved "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."

Barbara said...

Donna- I have some very young grandchildren that I hope will love reading. Unfortunately, they are many miles away and I cannot read to them; though, I would love to.

Barbara said...

Jimmy! What a surprise!!! Yes, this was one of your favorites. What a sweet, sweet time we had when you were little. Love ya, Mom

Barbara said...

JD- I have so blessed that I have a society of readers here at The Serenity Gate!!

Barbara said...

Janna- Sounds like your oldest will be a writer like yourself. That must make you so happy.

Barbara said...

Angie- Way to go! You must be a very happy camper, knowing you have instilled the love for reading into them.

Barbara said...

Joanne- Oh, how I remember those little cardboard books. That's such a good place to start.

Barbara said...

Cindy- I'm so happy when you drop by. And thanks for the book suggestions.

Barbara said...

Karen- It makes me sad when a beloved book goes out of print. But, oh, what good memories they left us with!!

Lea and her Mustangs said...

For a book of reading more than one sitting I read Bobbsy Twin books. (bet no one remembers them) and for one sitting I love to read them I Will Love You Forever and sometimes Alexanders Awful, Very Bad Day, or Velveteen Rabbit. Love reading to the grandchildren. Both of our daughters love reading and they read to their kids when they were small. Now I am reading to Great Grand kids.

Barbara said...

Lea- I do remember the Bobbsy Twins, but never read them. And I'll Love You Forever is such a wonderful book. It's def one of my favorites! Always brought tears to our eyes.

Michele said...

No grandchildren yet... but have crates of books that I can't part with to be shared with grandchildren some day!!

Barbara said...

Michele- I know how hard it is to part with such good books and wonderful memories.