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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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A day for reading

Uploaded: Feb 8, 2016
Last week I planned on taking our kids to the library once, but ended up taking them three times within about a 24 hour period. Our daughter lost her shoe during the first outing so we returned later that day to pick it up (along with some more books). And the next morning we went back to pick up a book on hold that our son was eager to read. While we frequently visit our local libraries and bookstores, this was a record for us.

A few months ago, while my kids and I were waiting for a library to open, a friend pointed out how nice it is to live in an area where there is a line of children eagerly waiting in front of the library. It's moments like this that remind us just how lucky we are to be where people value reading so much.

I recently read an article about Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and heard about Take Your Child to the Library Day. What wonderful ways to share the love of reading with kids who don't visit these places frequently or at all.

While I've enjoyed reading many books to our kids, I'm also looking forward to the next stage - when our kids read books to me and we all read books quietly to ourselves. I'm sure this hope will turn into a reality before I know it.

How do you share your love of reading with your kids?
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Posted by MPer, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Feb 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

How do you share your love of reading with your kids?
- by reading to them and teaching them to read

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

MPer Sometimes it works to just keep things simple.

Posted by Mother of 4 , a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Feb 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Although we have new books, visit the library, and the kids have favorite books which I like to read to them often making different voices for the different characters and my own sound effects, I think that the most joyous read occasions are when I bring out the books from my own childhood, with my own childish writing of my name, and share these with the kids. Unfortunately we don't have many from my husband's childhood although he remembers some of the books I read and we can share those memories. The kids like the style of "old fashioned" books and even though some of the books may not be as politically correct as the more modern books we get today, they enjoy the fact that I am sharing my own books with them.

One thing I am aiming to do is to keep a few of their books for them to treasure and share with their own kids in the future. I don't keep many toys other than a few favorite stuffed animals or similar, but keeping some of their books - complete with their scribbles on some of the pages, is something I feel is worth doing.

Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Feb 8, 2016 at 10:58 pm

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Mother of 4 - Thanks for sharing! My parents also saved some beloved books from my childhood. I've enjoyed sharing a few of them with our kids and I'm excited to share more as they grow up. I'm looking forward to continuing the tradition with our kids. What a fun way to share memories generation to generation.

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