I wanted to share some comments from my blog about books with our kids.
From Mary Lou: My daughter Christie enjoyed the Little House books.”
From Erma: “Thanks for the recommendations! I've read some of the same books to my children - loved their faces as they discovered the stories and then read them for themselves!! What fun!!:)”
From Kathy C.: “My granddaughter has asked for books for her baby instead of cards at her baby shower. I've seen this before, and I always give Christopher Robin. I can't think of the name of the book, but Winnie the Pooh. I love this book.”
From Patti: “Kathy C, one of my daughter's favorite Winnie the Pooh books was Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! One time we were in the doctor's office waiting room and that book was sitting on a table. We sat there and read it out loud together. We were laughing about it because she was already a teen-ager!”
From Nina: “I loved reading about sharing your love of reading with your children when they were small. It was one of the happiest times for me as a parent, reading about Curious George and Madeline and The Little Engine That Could.
“Brett was fascinated by firemen when he was tiny and we checked out a picture book from the library and renewed it until we reached the limit. At 3 he felt the need to dress in a fireman’s costume every day and he was wearing it when the librarian gave us the bad news. We could not renew. He cried. She gave a deep sigh and checked the book in, then right out again to us. The little fireman broke into a smile. The book was ours again for 3 renewal cycles.
“I once bought a subscription to Highlights. It’s a quality children’s magazine but it turned out to be a mistake for us. The monthly feature, ‘Goofus and Gallant’ proved problematic. No matter where they were- playing, at school, sitting at the dinner table with the family- Goofus was demonstrating poor behavior. “Goofus jumps up from the dinner table without excusing himself and runs off to play.’ Gallant demonstrated admirable behaviors ‘Gallant thanks his mother for dinner and helps her to clear the table.’ Goofus cheats at games, talks instead of listening to the teacher, grabs the biggest piece of cake at a party. Gallant, noble soul, helps his teammates, pays attention at school, writes thank you notes.
“Unfortunately, my son was fascinated with the awful behavior of Goofus and saw the short lessons and sketches as inspirational material for future misbehavior. Goofus, he decided, was living a much more exciting life! Sigh. I didn’t renew the subscription!
“But books- we read and read. Later it was the Narnia series. Katrina loved the Babysitters Club and The Boxcar Children series.
“I hope to continue the joy of reading with Remy and Elden (her grandsons.) Any books about things with wheels are a huge hit right now.”
Such joyful memories.