This week's book.chat. is a little hard for me again this week but in a different way. This week I don't know where to stop. I have a deep love for children's books. Not only because I have my own children, but in the way that they bring me back to my childhood as well. I've written several post about children's book all the way from my favorite books of past and present to rhyming books, and holiday books for Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving.
My children are at the ages where they don't read the same books anymore so we have a wide variety of books on our shelves now. My oldest and youngest just had birthdays so I now have a 3, 6 and 9 year-old readers to find books for and their tastes are about as far apart as you can imagine. And I have my own favorites too. I'm pretty happy that a lot of my favorites are theirs too. We took a super informal poll (any by informal I mean that I held up a book and said "who likes this one?") amongst ourselves and came up with our favorites.
I've read these books so many times over the years that I have most if not all memorized. And the kids do to in a way. If I skip an animal in Brown Bear, Brown Bear they definitely let me know. I also like that there are now a lot of learning activities around the web based on their favorite books. I'd rather they idolize a book than a tv show.
My oldest is a reader and I love it. She has her very own library card and book bag and loves our weekly trips to the library. She started out reading some of the books that I had from when I was her age but now she's branching out into series reading (like me!). She's very adamant about reading books in order and wouldn't read a Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6 that she was given because she hadn't finished the previous books yet.
It's very important to me to raise children who like to read in this day and age. I've pretty much made the switch to ebooks over paperback but I'm trying to keep all their books in their hands and not on a device. It's a struggle but it's important to me that they know the feel of a book in their hand. Who knows what the future of books will be but I'll always have the collection of books with their crayon marks and where they wrote their names on the front cover.