Thursday, January 10, 2008

Just read it

One blogger has christened today the Day to Read. It's all about rediscovering the joy of reading, taking one day to blog less and read more. (I'm actually typing/posting this a day in advance.)

So grab a newspaper on your lunch break, stop by the library or a bookstore (if you're in/near Tempe, AZ, may I suggest Quo Vadis Books?), or just curl up on your couch with a favorite novel. If you have kids at home, take an opportunity to read to them.

Need a suggestion? Here are some of the books/series I remember my parents reading to us:

  • Madeline
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Babar
  • Curious George
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (the A.A. Milne original, a chapter at a time)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Those books that they made from Disney movies, we also had the book-on-tape versions that some random voice would read to us (Ding! "Please turn the page...")
  • What were those books with Miss Sunshine and Mr. Smiley and all those strange funny characters that had arms and legs attached to their heads? Actually, kind of like precursors to emoticons, don't you think? Anyway, we got those regularly too.
  • The Little Prince
  • The Giving Tree (which always made me kind of sad)
  • Oh, and how could I forget The Cat in the Hat and all those wonderful Dr. Seuss books?!
Have any more suggestions? Feel free to comment and then let's all get reading! :)


  1. Those are some great books on your list! Another series I enjoyed as a kid was the Berenstain Bears. I think my mom liked them because they had lessons at the end.

  2. Good call, Liz! I think my mom liked those too. I also remember kids I babysat for (when I was older, of course) requesting BB's No Girls Allowed so often that I practically had it memorized.

  3. I just remebered another author that was great as a kid: Shel Silverstein. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" was loved by many kids I knew (myself included) and was a fun introduction to poetry.

  4. Definitely - Where the Sidewalk Ends is great stuff. BTW, he wrote The Giving Tree too. :)

  5. Thanks for reminding me that he wrote "The Giving Tree" as well. I actualy just read a book that I picked up at Costco called "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate Dicamillo. I picked it up since it looked interesting and had great illustrations. If you are able to read it without crying, I don't think I want to associate with you anymore =P


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