For the Love of Books

I have always loved books and reading and couldn’t wait to read stories to my son after he was born. I even read books to him when he was still in my belly! But from early on, his disdain for books and other reading material was made painfully clear.

When he was a baby, we’d get about half-way through a story before he’d start trying to kick the book out of my hand, or grab it to chew on. This continued through to toddlerhood, where he advance to wrestling the book from my hands and throwing it across the room.

I still try reading to him often, but it can be so frustrating that I don’t do it as much as I’d like. So my initial reaction when Good Night Books contacted me about reviewing a set of their books was, no way we can make it through all those. Then my second idea was, even if it does take me months, it’s a good challenge! This will be good for us! They have a ton of titles to appeal to children interested in all kinds of different things and also ones based on places, so I chose some of Keelan’s favorite things like trucks and planes and then a couple Florida based stories, and then they sent a few of their choosing so we got a great selection.

Good Night Books

He’s not so receptive to bedtime stories, so I decided we’d try reading them before afternoon “quiet time,” which is what has replaced nap time. (God how I miss real nap time!) The books all start with the morning and go through the day until it’s time to say goodnight, so it works to read them during the day too.

We’ve managed to fully make it through three of the eight books. Each time we finish a book completely, then I review it on Amazon.

It’s quite a process to get through each one at first, but the second time he seems more into it. And a couple times he’s picked up the books and asked me to read to him. I don’t care what I’m doing, I will drop anything to sit and read with him. It’s a Mom thing I dreamed about doing but rarely get to enjoy.

I’m glad I said yes to Good Night Books because having that obligation to complete my task and get through all the books keeps pushing me to pick them up and try again. And every time we make it through an entire story it makes me hopeful that maybe a little of my love for reading is rubbing off on him.

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The Library Mystique

Am I the only one who gets really excited when they walk in the library? Like seriously, I think I get a little tingly. There’s just SO MANY BOOKS! Books about everything I could ever want to read about! And they’re all FREE!

booksWhen I was little, I used to love to spend the entire day at the library. I’d actually pack a lunch so I didn’t have to leave. (I know, nerd much?) I’d leave with 30-40 books at a time. My mom would sometimes quiz me to make sure I was actually reading them. I guess she didn’t want to lug around the giant paper bag of books if I wasn’t really using them.

There’s something mysterious and exciting about the library to me. One of my favorite After-School Specials was about a kid who got locked in a spooky library overnight. And then there’s the magical aspect.  The Neverending Story really helped solidify the possibility there’s an adventure waiting if you find just the right book.

Unfortunately I have badly neglected the library in my adult years, but am happy to say I’ve been rediscovering it with my son. I’ve found most libraries have story time and some even have arts and crafts for the kids. I’m hoping he will grow to love the library as much as I do. I think it will be harder since his generation is so tech based. But there’s something magical about books you just can’t get from a computer screen.

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