Today is National Read A Book Day. I have a house full of readers. My son has blown through books ever since I can remember. He started out with The Magic Tree House Series and graduated to The Chronicles of Narnia. In his later teen years he became a major fan of Ray Bradbury, specifically the Martian Chronicles and The Rocket Man.
Both my girls had declared themselves non-readers until a couple summers ago when my sister-in-law paid them to read for a blog post for a summer reading program. They found the I Am Number 4 series and fell in love with teen science fiction novels. It is a good thing they fell in love with reading because they both are in AP English and spend most of their time reading things like Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and The Scarlet Letter.
My husband and I are also avid readers. He grew up in the scifi realm reading The Dragon Riders of Pern Series. He tried for years to get me to read books by Andre Norton and Timothy Zahn . I would not hear of it. Fantasy is not my thing. In my late teen years I discovered Stephen King. I must have read Misery 10 times. I still love a good gruesome suspense story.
So, I am hoping we can pass on a love of reading to our grandchild just as we did to our kids. It all started somewhere, right? All of my kids loved story time. Each one had a favorite book. There was always that one story they begged me to read to them every night. Taylor and I wanted to make sure each and every one of the beloved story books are available for Aksel. Here is where the fun begins, I went down memory lane with each of the kids as well as my husband to remember each and every treasured tale.
Nathaniel’s Favorite Read
I think I had a little influence when it came to his pick. I have always loved Maurice Sendak, and his beautiful animation and imaginative stories. My all time favorite is Where The Wild Things Are. I must have read this book to Nathaniel 100 times when he was a toddler. Nathaniel was my wild little Max who ran off to have adventures with the Wild Things who “roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws..” I still have the very same book I read to Nathaniel when he was a little guy.
Becca and Maddie’s Picks
My girls are only 15 months apart, so I spent a lot of time reading to both of them at the same time. For that time their picks are very similar. Bec is a Pat The Bunny fan. She loved the interaction of actually touching things in the book. Maddie is a Good Night Moon girl. She loved the sweet rhythm of the words. Both girls would often repeat me when I started to read the Good Night parts of the story. I love all of these sweet memories.
Taylor told me she loved to have her mom read to her too. Her favorite story is also one of my children’s favorites as well. The Poky Little Puppy was near and dear to her heart. Janette Sebring Lowrey’s tales of the little puppies are so heart warming. Nathaniel and Taylor went out and bought a collection of Little Golden Books that included The Poky Little Puppy.
The Grandparents’ Picks
My husband is a Dr. Seuss fan. He always said I know it’s cliche, but I love reading the kids Green Eggs and Ham. To carry on the poetic theme my pick would have to be anything by Shel Silverstein. Runny Babbit, Falling Up, and Where the Sidewalk Ends were definitely a few of my favorites. Nathaniel took a liking to Silverstein in his younger years as well. The very first book he bought for baby Aksel was The Giving Tree.
I am so excited for our sweet boy’s arrival. What a moment it will be the first time my son reads his favorite book to his son. One thing is for sure, the little man will have quite a few willing story time readers.