Happy National Book Lovers Day!
Alternative Title for this post – A Day That Fuels My Addiction To Children’s Books: A Co-Dependent Celebration
I think I have truly earned the title of Book Lover. In fact, becoming a mommy to the Mini has taught me just how much I love books. Not only does my heart sing when I see her spending time in books, I never anticipated how much I would miss reading books myself. (Can you say “bye bye” to free time?) I find myself actually clamoring for ways to spend time in a book, catching up on my blogs, checking out a mag…anything!
A small story.
I’m in my local Barnsey. I’m with Mini Mimi who loves books but is also All. Over. The. Place. Luxuriously browsing? Uh, no.
As I take my little friend out of her stroller to check out some books together, I notice a gorgeous display of new picture books. I crane to see some titles while unstrapping. I push my never-the-same mommy brain to remember said titles. I squint to see the books on the bottom shelf as I watch Mini Mimi begin to move farther and farther down the aisle.
I scoop up my friend, swallow that inner voice that is telling me I am flying my Freak Flag waaaaay too prominently, take out my phone and take several pictures of all the shelves so that I can look them up online while Mini is sleeping.
True story. Aside from a few strange glances, can I just say, “winning?”
I hear a lot of people poo poo the e-reader. (Yes, I just said “poo poo.”) They say that there’s nothing like the feel of a book. Well, as someone who has no time for anything, I can say that in my world there’s nothing like the time or luxury of reading, no matter what it’s on. Seriously – I’d read the latest Jennifer Weiner if it was printed on baby wipes! (New business idea for moms??) Do I love the feel of a brand new, shiny picture book? CLEARLY! Do I like the look of my beloved books stacked neatly in bookshelves? SO MUCH THAT I FANTASIZE ABOUT BUILT IN BOOK SHELVES IN MY DREAM HOUSE!
But when it gets right down to it, do I just love to read? Yes. Do I want Mini Mimi to love to read? Do I care if my students are reading a magazine, a take out menu, a graphic novel or a piece of non-fiction? No. I care if they love reading and can really DO reading, if you know what I mean.
I think it will be a long time before schools do away with books. I work in some schools that don’t have enough books – why would anyone think they would suddenly have the funds for an e-reader for each and every child? (I mean, if schools buy e-readers for kids before they buy pencils, I just might scream, so there’s that.)
In honor of this fabulous day (in the midst of so many gloomy ones for us educators…can you even stand to watch the news these days?), let’s share a title or two to kick of the new year. Any faves? Books you can’t live without? Books you want to celebrate? (Pssst…I procrastinated for a solid 20 minutes and created this board over at Pinterest. Also a true story.)