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Don’t Rush Bedtime…

I’ve mentioned before about how sometimes I need to reflect to remember to relish my bedtime reads with my kiddos. When I take the time to be present, my mood switches from fussing at them to get ready for bed, to laughing and enjoying a good book.

However, there are some nights where I want to get them to bed quickly, for a variety of reasons, either its late or I wanna watch something on TV (being honest here), and I want to read the shortest book/chapter possible.

But because of the way my life works, it is on those nights that I end up spending the most time reading with my children.  For example, recently I had these experiences with them.

*My son has a good sized collection of National Geographic books, and he’s getting to the age that I want him to read some of them to me. We take baby-steps, so we did some partner reading, where I read a page and then he reads a page, with the book titled Cheetahs. As much time as he spends with these books, I was under the impression that he almost had them memorized, so this would be an quick bedtime read…not so much.

They may run fast, but reading about them takes time.

Really, it wasn’t even that he struggled reading the words so much, it was that he needed to tell me about things in the pictures, or read the captions, or read it in a robot voice instead. All things that are creative and even necessary sometimes, but not when TGIT  is waiting downstairs on my TV.

To be honest, I kept looking to see how many pages were left in the book, and I was itching to scrap the partner reading and finish reading it to him myself.  However, about halfway through the book my son found his stride and was breezing through the rest of the book. I felt a lil guilty, as I complimented his reading on my way out the door.

*It was late one night, and usually if it gets too late, we scrap the book and just send them to sleep without one. This was one of those nights. I was on my way to turn off my daughter’s bedroom light when she said this,

“I don’t care what we read, as long as its good”

Well, how am I supposed to turn that down? So I did an about face and grabbed the Whatever After book we had been reading and read another chapter.

if the shoe fits 6
She wanted something good, and this is one of our go-tos.

So, in your #RaisingReaders quest, I understand that there will be nights that you prefer to just tuck your child in, turn off the light and walk out. However, keep in mind not only the memories you are creating, but also the readers you are raising.

Thank God for DVR and keep #RaisingReaders!

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Gross sea animals–a bedtime read we loved!

Every so often I get to read to both of my kids together at night, and every so often I pick a great book for us to enjoy. Two nights ago was one of those times.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we’re going on a trip to the aquarium, so I wanted to read some books with my kids that prepared us for that experience. They had been looking at books about ocean animals here and there, but here was our most recent book:


The lovely thing about this informational picture book by Brenda Guiberson is that she doesn’t tell you which creature is the most amazing, the reader gets to decide. And she doesn’t just mention your average whale or shark, no, she introduces you to animals you may have never heard of, like this one:


And then the animal explains to you why they are the best. We read about everything from animals with blue blood to animals who are as big as a school bus. My kids were amazed by facts on each page, and after I read each one, we decided if it was the most amazing creature, so it created a lot of good conversations between us.

This book isn’t very long, there’s no more than 10 animals to learn about. But it was a hit in our house, and great preparation for our upcoming vacation, I’m just upset that I have to return the book to the library!

(Also, I’m not the only one who thinks preparing for vacation through books is a good idea, check out this post from BookReviewMama.)


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Stacks and more stacks…

My daughter reads herself to sleep almost every night.  She usually doesn’t read just one book, and she’s rather messy, so as a result, she has a plethora of books in her bed.  Most recently, in an effort to look neater, she stacked the books up instead of spreading them all over the floor and bed. So I said to my daughter, “Man, you’ve got quite the stack of books there, I’m going to take a picture of this”

Here’s her bed stack…

Her little brother, who happened to be standing in the room when I took the picture, went to his room and said, “I’m going to get my stack of books”, and proceeded to grab a stack of books off his shelf to take to his bed. 🙂

I Know a Wee Piggy is one of his faves


Now I don’t know if he grabbed a stack just because he saw me take a picture of hers, but I do know that as I walked out of the room, he had started trying to read from said stack.

I WILL get something about this parenting thing right.

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