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Almost every night before bed, our children ask me or dad to read them a story. It’s a nighttime tradition I cherish. Especially as a graduated English and Literature major, literature–whether children’s, adult, fiction or non–is near and dear to my heart.
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When my first was born in 2012, I read to her constantly. I took it upon myself to adopt the idea of speaking to my babies as adults (thanks to Meet the Fockers–see video clip here) and carried it over into literature as well. I read Lewis Carroll’s version of Alice in Wonderland the most and several other well-known classics.
As I began to look into children’s literature, I found there are so many children’s books that are also rich, moving, and contain meaning. I started to fall in love with children’s literature and become intrigued with weaving meaning and lessons with lively, realistic, or completely unrealistic, imaginative children’s stories.
Last night I read our children a new book, The Pirate Train by Nicole Plyler Fisk. It’s captivating, it’s fun and it’s a great, imaginative story about family. It contains planes, trains, and pirate ships, as the author mentions in her dedication to her son, “Why not?” My three-year-old laughed along with the story and my one-year-old pointed at all his favorite illustrations as we read through the book. It’s easily becoming a favorite.
To top it off, there’s a read-along online, too, for when mom needs a few minutes to herself and the kids INSIST on reading!
Do you have a nighttime story ritual, or do you read to your children often? If so, what’s a book you would recommend?