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Posted by Patience on May 8, 2009 at 7:00 AM in Books and Reading
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I can still remember as a little girl grabbing a big pile of books and climbing into bed with Jen. She would read to me for hours. I still love to be read to. The love of books has been carried on to our kids. I often find Josiah reading Calvin and Hobbes books to Jack late into the night with a fashlight. Lucy is way into labeling every obscure animal in the ever popular animal books from D&K Publishers. Lyra likes to both eat and listen to the famous and every little person's favorite Goodnight Moon.
We all know the books that we can recite in our sleep from years of toddler requests and yet we can't even be annoyed. It's pure learning goodness. I find that books are the one thing I'm a total sucker for. If the kids ask me for a book, it's as good as done.

Did you know we have our very own blogging book experts here at PBSparents? Superpeople, meet the Booklights.
Susan, Gina, Pam and Jen are our new blogging buddies and supersisters. Welcome friends! We can't wait to see all the wonderful suggestions you will be sending our way.

So tell me the current book obsessions at your house. For all of you, your kids and you!
What is the one book being pushed around in the toy baby stroller or the one sitting on your kitchen table that you are determined to read, even in 5 page increments?


Kate writes...

Patience, I love that picture! Before I had kids I was an English teacher, so I love, love, love books and kids. You're giving your children a wonderful gift.

For myself, I recently finished THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA by Michael Pollan. Practically every sentence had me saying, "Wow! I didn't know that! I didn't know that!" When he got home from work, I was just BURSTING to tell my husband everything I had read about!

PatienceAuthor Profile Page writes...

Okay Kate, that book has been on my list for YEARS! I'm afraid to read it, is it the kind of book that changes everything for you? Like I'll never be able to look at food and the industry the same again? Give it to me...

carol writes...

My brain still randomly says "be smart, be brave, you haven't camped out til you slept in a cave" quoted from Berenstain Bears Go Camping and read one too many times.

nancy writes...

My daughter (3) currently loves “The Trumpet of the Swan” by E.B. White, although, she refers to the book as “Louis.” (The main character, a trumpeter swan.) I am often required to call her Louis. Sometimes she won’t answer me because, like Louis, she has no voice. She requests certain chapters over and over, like a favorite song. She instructs me to skip parts that are too scary.

I too am a sucker for books. We spend literally hours every day reading. I also LOVE to be read to. I don’t think you ever outgrow that.

If I may also make a suggestion, an amazing reference book is “The Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease. It’s got a fabulous book list at the back of great read-aloud books for children of all ages. He also has a website: (I’m just a fan of his. I don’t know him or get any commission – although I should!)

Kathleen writes...

A huge favorite in my house is Mole Music, by David McPhail. The pictures are amazing. The message is about the beauty of music and it's power to change the world. "Mole imagined that his music could reach into people's hearts and melt away their anger and sadness. Why, maybe his music could even change the world." That was totally from memory, people.

Kate writes...

Yeah, that book does change everything for you . . . in a good way, though. Right now I'm reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It's the same kind of stuff. But this one (for readers of this blog) kind of ties motherhood into the deal. Happy Mother's Day!

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