M and I (and C too when she’s around to snuggle up or climb on me while we read), have had some fantastic and looooong read-aloud sessions over the last week. M has reached a point where books we tried a year ago and abandoned because the chapters were too long or they had too few pictures or the storyline was too complex are now fascinating for her. Sharing my favorite books with her is one of the things I’ve been dreaming of since before I was pregnant. And settling in for read-aloud time is a favorite activity for both of us.
In the last few weeks, we’ve read By the Shores of Silver Lake (against my incredible need to read a series in order, I let her pick where she wanted to start with the Little House books since we had read samples from many of them over the last few years), More All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, Ramona’s World by Beverly Cleary, and The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith. M loved all of them and might have soaked each one up in a single sitting if I’d had the time and the voice. What deliciousness!
Yesterday as I prepared for our trip to the library by checking to see which of the books I wanted were available (a process that allows me to actually come out of the library with books and keep C from destroying the place at the same time), I looked over my list of potential read-alouds and described a few to M. She wanted to check out Half Magic by Edward Eager, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett as well as the next few Secrets of Droon books.
We started reading Half Magic after lunch and by the time I put her to bed, I’d read 94 pages and my throat was sore and dry. She begged me to keep going, and I’m sure she will request that I read over breakfast.