A New Chapter

Last week, my son experienced the Book Mobile for the very first time.

“What is a Book Mobile?” he asked, when I told him it would be coming to his school.

“It’s a library on wheels.”

This intrigued him.

Sean picked out five books to bring home. We have been enjoying Nate The Great Goes Undercover by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. I think I might be enjoying it slightly more than he is…

“I decided to look for Esmeralda.
Esmeralda always has
her mouth open.
She is either hungry
or about to yawn.
I saw her sitting
in front of her house.
Sludge sniffed. I spoke.
“Do you get up at night to visit
Oliver’s garbage can?” I asked.
I would never visit anything
that belongs to Oliver,”
Esmeralda said.
“He might follow me.”
Now I knew why Esmeralda
keeps her mouth open.
She has wise things to say.”

I love reading children’s books when I can tell the author has put some time and thought into writing it. Some books are so creatively written. Then, you sometimes come across books where you question how it ever managed to get published.

My son has always loved when we read to him. Sometimes I read to him and other times it’s his dad. When he was three years old he listened to us read The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I read to him from the copy of the book I’ve kept for almost thirty years.

Around the same time, Sean was a pirate fanatic and I came across How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon, and the sequel, Pirates Don’t Change Diapers. To date, these have been two of my favorite short books to read to him. Gotta love a book you can read with a pirate accent…Ahoy thar, matey!

Now my son is beginning to read little books all by himself. This is going to be an exciting new chapter in book reading. Some of my favorite memories as a child are of lying in bed next to my mom and reading to her. Most likely, it was a Beverly Cleary book that I’d gotten from the Book Mobile.

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