TBT – Love of Books

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all.” — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” — Maya Angelou

Hi and Happy Thursday! Here is a photo of a young Ian looking at one of his board books.  This was before he could read.  Once he learned, he was unstoppable and now loves to read.  He wasn’t sure he could learn but did and we are so proud of him.

Speaking of books, I just started reading a book called, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Children’s Book.”  It includes life lessons from notable people from all walks of life. For each of these people, there is a quote from the book that influenced them, the title, person’s name and what that book meant to them.

It is really cool, has a lot of great information, and reminded me of a few of my favorites.  A few featured people are: Jay Leno who liked Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the inventor of the artificial heart who liked The Wizard of Oz. This book has me thinking of what books have influenced me. There have been many.

I never seem to be without a book.  I love to read and cannot remember a time that I didn’t.  I love to be transported to another world and be immersed in the stories and the character’s lives.  One of my favorite books as a child was “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I loved this book and the mystery of that garden and seeing what it meant to the lead character.

I have the book and plan to re-read it soon as an adult.  I wonder if it will have the same allure and amazement to me as a grownup?  I wonder if it will mean as much to me now as it did then?  I cannot wait to find out.  I will share my impressions with you.  I just have to figure out when I want to start on this journey back to my childhood.

A few other favorites from my childhood were:

  • The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • anything and everything by Richard Scarry
  • The Mouse and The Motorcycle
  • The Nancy Drew Mysteries
  • The Hardy Boys Mysteries
  • The Little House on The Prairie Series
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series

Ian has some favorites too.  Some that he has enjoyed are:

  • Good Night Moon (which I must have read 200 times or more to him)
  • The Foot Book and many other Dr. Seuss books
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Star Wars: The Jedi Academy series
  • A Dog’s Life about a stray dog
  • James and The Giant Peach
  • The Warriors series by Erin Hunter, which he just finished

As an adult, I have other books that I have enjoyed reading or that have influenced me:  Roots by Alex Haley, Jemima J by Jane Green, Thunder Dog, as well as books by Danielle Steel, Carol Higgins Clark, Jane Porter, and so many others.

How about you?  What books have meant a lot to you?  I would love to hear from you.  Please share with me and the other readers.  I hope that your children enjoy books as well.

Hope you have a great adventure with your next book.  I know that I will.

January 7 – Reading

POD_January.7_ReadingHi and Happy Thursday.  Today’s Photo of the Day Challenge is Reading.  Here is a photo from October 2015.  It is of Ian reading the instructions on how to put up his tent that he received as a birthday gift.

He read these instructions with authority as we tried to assemble the tent for a camp out.  What a fun evening that was.  Kirk, Ian, and I slept in the tent one night in the fall.  Very early in the morning, it started raining so we went back inside.  After the rain stopped, we dried the tent before putting it away.

I don’t know about you but I love reading and especially I love seeing Ian read.  He is a great reader and now reads books of his own, books from the school library, and books we check out from the city library.

A few of his recent favorites are The Jedi Academy series and books by Mo Willems.  He now has all three of the Jedi Academy series – two he bought and the other he received as a Christmas gift.  For his birthday, he was given several Elephant and Piggy books.  We both love them.

I too love to read books.  My favorite books are fiction and often about women.  I also like mysteries.  A few favorite authors are Jane Green, Danielle Steel, Carol Higgins Clark, and Kristen Higgins.  I have many others as well but cannot remember all of the names.  I love checking out books from the library or buying them at discount bookstores.

I also enjoy some nonfiction stories and items about favorite shows or cities.  My interests are varied.  I sometimes like to read biographies or autobiographies about Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elton John, James Garner, Ricky Martin, Dean Martin, and many others.  I also like  cookbooks, books about traveling, and how others live.  I would be lost without the ability to read.

Reading is so very important in one’s ability to become educated and have a good job.  My prayer is that all children and adults will learn to read and love to read as well.  Many people in my family and a few in Kirk’s family have helped both children and adults learn to read.  It has been exciting to see and hear about too!  May the reading continue.

One of the items on my bucket list is to write a book or two.  I want to write a children’s book with Ian’s help and a historical fiction novel with a strong female character.  I have ideas in my head but I want to find time to actually start working on the ideas, the plots, the characters, and starting doing research.  I will keep you posted on my progress!

A few quotes about reading:

  • “A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” — Malcolm X
  • “He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.” — Barrow
  • “We read to know we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis
  • “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
  • “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
  • “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglas

Aren’t these quotes great?  I found them online and like each one for different reasons.  We do learn more and can think about things more deeply when we are reading regularly.  We can learn about ideas and concepts that are different than our own, and can learn how much variety and differences there truly are.

May we have many adventures as we read.  May we remember what a gift it is to be a reader.  May we help others learn to read.

Throwback Thursday – Preschool Fun

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday.  Today’s Throwback Thursday photo is of Ian at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, California.

This photo was taken in 2010 when he was almost 3 years old.  We went with my parents to see the lighthouse and Cabrillo National Monument.

He had a great time and was fascinated with it all. We bought a few miniature lighthouses, a coloring book, a book, and postcards. And, we took lots of photos.  It was a great day!

In this photo, he was talking to my mom. Soon after he looked up in the top of the lighthouse with my dad and loved it!  He could see for miles and was quite happy.  I love his sweet smile, dimples, and blue eyes.  And, I love that he is on his tippie toes.

Even then he was fun to talk with.  He has always had his own ideas on things and we love that.  In fact, when he was very young, he called a stop sign, an octagon.  We knew then that we had an inquisitive and fun child!  And he has continued to amaze us every year since.

We had a lot of fun adventures while he was a toddler and preschooler.  We traveled to Florida, California, and North Carolina.  We shared many amazing experiences and learning opportunities.  Throughout each place, we read together and learned new things.  It was a precious time for all of us.

Now Ian loves school and is thriving in second grade.  He looks forward to going to school and learning new things.  We are beyond blessed and thankful for that!  He continues to have great ideas and grasps things beyond what we have expected.

This morning I received a call from our vice principal saying that Ian had received an award for going above and beyond.  I am so very proud of him.  He tries to do his best and is excelling.  It is great to hear that he has been awarded for that.  I will give him a big hug when I pick him up.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Memories of a toddler age boy
  • Watching the learning both in preschool and now in school
  • A boy who has always loved books
  • Listening to Ian read a favorite Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems
  • Having Ian explain his Lego creation of Heaven and wanting to know what Heaven looks like
  • Early morning chats before school
  • Ian receiving an award for working hard at school
  • Hearing “I love you Mom” followed by a kiss on the cheek
  • Waffles and sausage for dinner with my parents
  • An upcoming field trip with Ian and his classmates
  • A husband who is a great partner on this amazing journey
  • A father and son who love to spend time together
  • Our upcoming camping trip with Ian’s Cub Scout Pack
  • Ian’s school and all of the amazing teachers and staff
  • Walking home from school in the rain
  • Hand-me-downs from our loved ones
  • My brother and sister and their families
  • Cooking and baking with Ian
  • Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins
  • Family and friends who we love and cherish
  • My parents and in-laws who are wonderful grandparents
  • Mostly good health
  • The love of learning
  • Savoring the small moments

I wonder what new and fun adventure we will have next with Ian?  I cannot wait to find out.  And, I will savor each minute.

Throwback Thursday – Reading

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Hi and Happy Thursday!  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I wanted to post a photo of Ian reading a book.  Well, at the age he is in this picture, he was looking at it or doing pre-reading.

He has always loved books and still does.  His 1st grade class at school is working on 20 hours of reading in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Each hour that Ian reads means he can color in The Cat in The Hat’s Hat on a piece of paper.  So, we are on our way!

I remember when he was first learning to read that he was nervous that he’d never get it.  He worked hard and consistently and now LOVES reading.  In fact, his favorite place to go is our city’s public library.  How great is that?

We read to him when he was a baby, toddler, preschooler, and then he learned to read. We still read to him but enjoy the fact that he can read to us.  One of my favorite things to do is sit with him and listen to him read a book.

I am so very thankful that he enjoys reading as much as I do.  Books have always been part of his life and our home.  My prayer is that all children can learn to read and learn to love it.  I also hope that all adults can read as well.   Literacy is so very important!

I wonder what he will next be reading?  I cannot wait to find out!!!

Mommy, I Can’t Quit Reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIan recently learned to read and loves it. One day while we were in the car, he told me, “Mommy, I just can’t quit reading.”  I said, “That is great Ian.”  He then grinned from ear to ear.

Last year before kindergarten started, he was worried that he wouldn’t learn to read.  “I just can’t do it Mommy,” he said in frustration.  I told him that he would learn and eventually be able to read.  Now, he can and it’s fantastic.

On the first day of school, his teacher said that “by the time the school year is over, your children will be reading.”  On that day I wondered if that could happen.  Today, I am glad to say that it did.

Ian has always liked books and reading.  This picture, from when he was about 3 years old, shows a book that he liked at that time — a Sesame Street book.  And, from his birth to age 5, we had him enrolled in Imagination Library.  Each month a new book came in the mail.  Such a wonderful program. Students graduate out of it at age 5.

We regularly go the library.  When he turned 6 years old, we got him his own card.  So, he can check out 6 books at a time.  He enjoys taking the time to pick them.  Then he comes home, picks one, sits on the couch or lies down on the floor, and pours over them.  He often reads them aloud and asks Kirk or me for help as he needs it.

The fact he can see words everywhere is wonderful, and even better that he can read them and likes it.  I loved hearing, “I can’t quit reading.” I just hope that he will love reading for a long time.  Since books have always been around for him, I think that he will enjoy them for many years to come.

A few quotes about reading:

  • “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” — Sherman Alexie
  • “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates
  • “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” — Lemony Snicket
  • “Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss
  • “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — Louisa May Alcott
  • “I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” — Gary Paulsen
  • “Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honoré de Balzac
  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King
  • “Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.” — Vladimir Nabokov

I wonder what new books Ian will want to read?  I can’t wait to find out.  Have a great day!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a great one so far.  This photo is of a younger Ian reading a book.  He still likes books as much now as he did then.  Now he really likes Lego books, books from the library, his items from the Imagination Library, and several wonderful books by Dr. Seuss.

Last night before he went to bed, we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Thus the title for my blog today.  “Mommy, did you know that this book was written by a man named Theodor?” he asked me.  “Yes, Ian, you are exactly right.  His real name is Thedor Seuss Geisel,” I responded.

Then we took turns reading the pages.  As I turned each page, he put his hand over my mouth so he could read.  This made me so happy since he so much wanted to help read the story out loud,  He did a great job too!  He knew almost all of the words and sounded out those he didn’t.

Here are a few of the pages that he read,

  • “Yes, some are red.  And some are blue.  Some are old and some are new.  Some are sad.  And some are glad.”
  • “We see them come.  We see them go.  Some are fast. And some are slow.”
  • “Bump! Bump! Bump! Did you ever ride a Wump? We have a Wump with just one hump.”
  • “Hello there, Ned. How do you do? Tell me, tell me what is new? How are things in your little bed? What is new? Please tell me, Ned.”
  • “The moon was out and we saw some sheep.  We saw some sheep take a walk in their sleep.”
  • “Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?”

Those are just part of what he read.  A few of the pages made him laugh (including that last bullet) and he commented several times on the rhyming words.  Reading the book this way took longer than normal, but was so worth it.

My favorite lines/pages of this book are, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” and “Oh me! Oh my! Oh me! Oh my! What a lot of funny things go by.”  I love the idea of encouraging kids to see the fun and funny things in life.  After all, there are certainly many of them.

I love so many of the Dr. Seuss books and think he is a genius in his writing.  His rhymes and made up characters are loved by me and by Ian.  They truly span the ages.  Isn’t that awesome?!  My dream would be to write like this amazingly gifted man did.  Some of our favorites are The Sleep Book, Horton Hatches The Egg, Horton Hears A Who, Fox in Socks, If I Ran The Zoo, and The Sneetches and Other Stories.

Thank you Dr. Seuss for writing such fun and engaging words for us to enjoy!  You truly had an amazing gift of drawing in young readers and keeping them interested!  He also taught children important lessons through the stories.  At Ian’s school, they recently studied him and he enjoyed that a lot.

I wonder what book we will read at bedtime tonight?  I also wonder what books Ian will read throughout the day?  I look forward to finding out and am thrilled that he loves reading as much as I do!!!!