Raising Bookworms

On Tuesday afternoon, I took the boys to the park and the library. We left with seven books and a DVD about sign language.

I kind of cracked up while I was there, because I haven’t been to the library in a really long time. It’s been forever since I’ve been able to walk around and look for a book for myself, let alone spend any real quiet time in a library, absorbing a good book. Luckily our library system now lends ebooks, so I have been able to use my card in that way. But now? Now I can take my boys. And that makes me so happy.

I saw this on facebook the other day, and I just had to share it.

Isn’t that so perfectly true?

Butter already has one of the best imaginations I’ve seen in a kid. Little Bear brings us books constantly and wants to be read to all. the. time. Butter can read at three. [For the record, he’s got me beat. I wanted to learn how to read then, but I don’t think I learned until I was 4 or 5. Mom?]

I’m so proud my boys love books. I’m so proud they’re learning how to treat books with respect in a world where there may not be books by the time they are in high school or college? I mean, observe what I wrote in the second paragraph up there. I don’t go to the library to borrow books any more, I borrow ebooks to read on my nook. I’m so proud they’re seeing both of their parents read all the time. I’m proud there are books displayed in our living room so they can see how much we love reading in this house. I’m proud the books are the toys I most often have to pick up at the end of the night. I’m even proud Little Bear once woke me from a nap by hitting me in the face with a book.

I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these boys. I hope they don’t ever live in a world where bookstores and libraries are obsolete. I’m already a little annoyed they won’t have the benefit of learning to use a card catalog. As crazy as it seems, that was one of my favorite things ever.

Comments

  1. You we’re already slapped with the book on the face and you’re still proud? Funny you. Ha ha! That’s how you love your boys with books. Yeah. We need to enjoy books as long as they are still around and being sold. Personally, I love reading the book itself rather than the ebook because I highly appreciate the author’s hardwork of spending some time just to publish his book.
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    • mamaphan says:

      I’m proud because he hit me in the face with a book because he REALLY wanted to be read to. He’s not even 18 months, so I can cut him a little slack. If Butter did that, there’s no way I’d be as nice as I was.

  2. gigi says:

    I can’t remember EXACTLY when you started to read, but I DO know that when you were in Kindergarten I thought you were memorizing what was being read to you, and reading it back. Well……I was proven wrong!!! During a parent/teacher meeting, I mentioned this to your teacher, she said, “Well, let’s see if she is memorizing or not.” She put a page in front of you, and you read every word. The teacher then looked at me and said, “This hasn’t been introduced in the classroom yet, so she is not memorizing, she’s reading.” I was so proud of you!

    Then there was the day that I took you to the Library for the first time. You looked, and looked, and looked for a book. Finally you picked one up titled “Turkey for Thanksgiving”. You leafed through it and looked at me……(this was our conversation)
    Trinity: “Mommy I can’t read this.”
    Mommy: “Why not?”
    Trinity: “Because there’s no pictures in it.”
    Mommy: “Of course you can. Just because there’s no pictures in the book doesn’t mean anything. These are just words on the page, and I KNOW you can read words. It might take a little longer, but that’s ok, because you have 2 whole weeks to read it, and if you aren’t finished with it in 2 weeks, we will just come back and renew it. Not a big deal.”
    You agreed, (though I do think with just a little doubt, and the thought that I didn’t know ANYTHING about reading, and there was no way possible you could finish this book), BUT……I believe it was about 3 days later, you asked me to take you back to the Library to get another book, because you had finished that one. I think we came home with 2 books on that second trip to the Library. And, alas…..a bookworm was born.

    THE. REST. IS. HISTORY.

  3. What a wonderful post! I was led to it because of the title “Raising Bookworms” — are you familiar with Emma Walton Hamilton’s book “Raising Bookworms: Encouraging your Children to Read for Pleasure and Empowerment”? Sounds as though you have that goal well in hand. I love your stories of the boys and their books — and I love the story your Mom told (I’m assuming Gigi is your Mom, I’m a stranger here, I confess).

    Best to you as you continue to raise your young bookworms!
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    • mamaphan says:

      I have not heard of that book, but I will be looking for it at the library or for my nook. Honestly, the nook is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. If you’ve ever seen Gilmore Girls, you remember Rory never went anywhere without a book. It was/is the same for me, and having a nook has made it so much easier on my shoulders to carry a book around with me. Books can get kind of heavy.

      Gigi is my Mom. She loves to tell that story about me in Kindergarten.

      Thank you for finding my blog. Looking forward to checking yours out! :)

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