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Go, Books, Go!

Posted by Jen on September 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM in Books and ReadingJenbedtime
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Remember me, the mother who was waxing eloquent about the dawning of the conceptual age where children will cherish their Kindles and Zelda just as much as their books?

This diatribe was followed by this episode with Carter who cried buckets during his last bedtime reading session (something that rarely happens now since he discovered Calvin and Hobbes) because he'd unearthed a copy of Go, Dog, Go.

Go, Dog, Go would not be on my top list of books that make children love books or reading, but evidently I am mistaken.

Carter (sobbing): I just love this book so much.
Me (reading on automatic since there is no real plot or narrative arch to this book whatsoever): Buddy, are you okay?
Carter (wiping the snot from his tear-streaked face): I used to read it when I was a kid.
Me (because I can't resist asking kids ludicrous questions like this): Are you missing your childhood?
Carter (still quietly weeping): Mom, don't worry. They're just tears of happiness. Because I love this book sooooo much.

So books aren't dead after all. Who knew? What books are your kids loving at bedtime at your house these days?


Pam writes...

I have to agree with Carter. I love Go Dog Go soooo much too. It was my favorite childhood book. You have to love the yellow dog and the pink poodle and their evolving relationship based on a single question - "Do you like my hat?" and how great was that party at the end.

Leslye writes...

That was one of my favorite childhood books too. My daughter loves it and "do you like my party [sic] hat?!" was her first complete sentence as we were putting on her snow hat. Love, love, love Go Dog Go (it has everything, fast cars, romance, dog parties!).

Jess writes...

Go, Dog, Go is on our list of most-loved books, too. I don't remember reading it as a child but it's one of the few that I *never* tire of reading to kids and all of us quote it all the time - "what will we do there? Will we work there? Will we play there?" and "I do not like that hat!" and such.

All three of my sons are big fans of the many tales about the monkey my toddler now calls "George, Curious." Maurice Sendak's Chicken Soup with Rice is enjoying a revival here as well.

Lorine writes...

I love it when my kids come up to me and just give me a hug, I love it soooo much

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