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March 26, 2004


Marcia Lynx Qualey

How old is he? I can't wait until Isaac isn't trying to shove the book in his mouth, but instead is listening and watching. Whee!


I have to agree with Liz.....Barnyard Dance is the best book EVER!!! "With a baa and a moo and a cockle doodle doo...everybody promenade two by two!" Run out and get it today!!!!


My concern about reading is that I read a fair amount of stuff online so DS doesn't see me with a book in hand as often as I would like. I wonder how the Internet will change our perceptions of reading.


I feel the same way you do... it's so important to read together, and for kids to like to read. It's the most surefire way to keep an active mind all throughout life! It's a coincidence that Moo Baa La La La was your son's book that turned the corner for him, because another Sandra Boynton book is what did it for us... Barnyard Dance! If you don't already have it, you simply must get it. It's definitely a fun one. :)


I couldn't agree with this post more. Reading and reading together is one of the most important gifts you can give to a child. I love to read to my girls, it's the best part of my day.


Lillianna has been reading since age 3. She is like the story on Sesame Street "The Girl Who Loved Books". That girl wore a book on her head, slept in a book bed and read a book everywhere she went. Lillianna reads anything and everything and she reads it everywhere!! Rich and I are constantly reading too. Lillianna is just a reflection of us. She is currently reading "Matilda" which from the looks of it is a 3rd or 4th grade book. (Lil is in kindergarten!)She is borrowing this book from my hairdresser's collection at the hair salon. She reads to me while we are in the car and spells a lot of words that she can't pronounce but she won't give up. She loved the movie Matilda and is determined to read this book. I am so happy that I have raised a reader. That was my goal!!


Kids are funny. My first born I read to daily practically from birth, same with son number two. They both do well in school, and are curious enough to pick up a book that interests them on their own, but neither are what I'd call habitual readers like I was as a kid. Enter kidlet three, now six years old, and he will read anything and everything he can get his hands on. And he's the one who got read to the least as toddler and preschooler (the fate of the youngest kids I guess.) Go figure.

And re the book Moo Baa Lalala... my oldest spent six months of his life thinking cows say moo, sheep say baa, and pigs say lalala. It was so cute we didn't want to correct him.


I constantly am having this nightmare that the twins my wife and I are about to see into the world are going to just hate reading....like a niece I have who when asked what she liked to read responded, "What? Like for fun? I don't do that."...and she had the look of disgust on her face like you had asked her which she prefered for breakfast: dog turds or cat turds.

Anyway, I'm occasionally (but not overly I hope) obsessed about this and each time I get in that mood, my wife simply reminds me that seeing us reading will be a natural encouragement for the kids. She also helps by pointing out that we can also make reading enticing by telling the kids "It's bedtime, but if you lie in bed and read, you can stay up another 30 minutes." She always makes me feel better.

I hadn't even thought about all of our books in trying to start baby-proofing the house. I should get on that.

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