these are the "real" books that i've read to elijah so far. minus christmas ones.
we listen to a lot of music, and radio theater(this is my fave), but i love reading with elijah.
last year, elijah was still chewing off covers and ripping out pages. now he pours over every inch, studying the print and illustrations, as if he's reading. i wonder if he is reading?
besides the picture books and lego magazines, i try to read aloud to elijah a little bit each day. from big kid books. these are some of my favorites, and it's been a treat to dive into them again as a mama.
we began a fun journey into ramona's life this week. thanks for the treat, jami! i remember thinking she was a hoot as a kid. but now, i really get a kick out of her and often find myself laughing out loud a little.
when i read and laugh(or cry), i think of my parents.
one thing my parents did a wonderful job of was reading aloud to us kids. so many nights i would be terribly annoyed that i had to go sit and listen to dumb books with my dumb family. but a few paragraphs in, my heart would soften and i'd want to be nowhere else.
my dad has this amazing voice and cadence. slow(this part was the best because i think it drove my mom crazy), southern and kinda mighty sounding. it soothes me to hear him. and i'm so holy, that sometimes i listen to his sermons online just to hear his voice. just being honest. some of my sweet childhood memories are all about being read to. my mama has the very best gollum voice, and she's the one who made me love the hobbit so much. and looking up because of silence, to see tears streaming down my dad's face at the end of the best christmas pageant ever? yeah.
something about sharing the worlds of narnia, middle earth, charlotte & wilbur, reverend maxwell in raymond and the small beasts on their incredible journey and more. they changed me.
between being read to at home and at school, i was given a hunger to read on my own. this is my prayer for elijah. and if he's not able to read(which all signs point to him reading, and possibly that he already can!) i will be there to read to him. it's helped us to bond, exploring together. and even though sometimes i'm not sure if he's paying me any attention as he's transforming robots or lining up dinosaurs, i believe he hears me. and i hope he knows that i'm reading because i love him and i love what i'm reading. i'm sharing a part of myself with him as i introduce these characters to him. it's good for both of us.
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if you're looking for something to begin with, choose one from that pile up top :)