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Raising Tidy Readers (Occasionally)

My daughter starts Middle School next year, but apparently all of the attitude and what not that comes with it has started early. *eye roll*

So, in my efforts to keep things sane between us, I’ve tried to reach my hand across the aisle. One way I did this recently was to “help” her clean her room, in a manner that was different than my normal repeated, increasingly louder, requests for her to do so. This time, while she was cleaning, I was in her room with her, not cleaning, but rather I was reading to her while she was cleaning.

We have been reading the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski for some years now (read about our love of the series here and here), but we had gotten behind on the latest one, Spill the Beans. There’s nothing wrong with the book, but we just keep getting distracted by other titles or I’m reading to both children, and he doesn’t want to read something we’ve already started, which I totally understand.

So this particular Saturday, as much as I wanted to attack my own to-do weekend list, I told my daughter it was time to clean her room, and while she was cleaning, that I would read some more of Spill the Beans to her. That seemed to appease her, and as you can see in the picture below, she went to work while I read the next 3 chapters in the book.


Now as much as I would just prefer for her to keep her room clean day to day, I have come to terms with the fact that it won’t happen. And is reading to her while she cleans something I’m willing to commit to every weekend? Nah. However, it is something I can do every once in a while in my mission to maintain my sanity and also to keep #RaisingReaders. Just a reminder to take advantage of any opportunity to read to your children that you can!

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If You Have a Girl or Know a Girl, You Need This Book!

Usually, when I check out books from the library, I’m returning them at the last possible, even a day or two later. (Shhh, don’t tell!) However, occasionally I check out a book from the library and I want to return it immediately because I need other readers to experience the book right away. Dear Girl, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, and illustrated by Holly Hatam is one of those books.

This book is the perfect gift for those of us who may not be able to adequately articulate what we want our daughters, granddaughters, or nieces to know. It’s nice and concise, yet, still an inspirational letter to a young girl explaining how to deal with life. Here’s a few of the phrases/pages that got me excited:



I’ll be honest, I’m kinda mad my daughter went through my library stash and read this book before me and without me. Nonetheless, I’ll be buying my own copy to give to her. Even though its a picture book, I have a feeling that we may need this book to refresh ourselves during puberty/teenage years.

If you know a girl that you want to embrace their individuality, learn to be empathetic, or just a girl that may need a little extra inspiration navigating this crazy thing called life, this book should be added to their library.


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Mother/Daughter Book Club

My now 9 year old daughter is a reader. She really enjoys it and spends a good chunk of time doing it without me asking her to. So naturally, she’s gotten good at it, has read a lot, and has developed tastes in what she likes and doesn’t like. Now normally this wouldn’t be a huge issue, there are tons of books in the world, right? True. However, she’s only just turned 9, and I’d like to maintain her innocence for as long as I can. (Selfish, I know)

So I got her this book a while ago, and as I mentioned here, it has done a great job of giving her ideas of what to put on her TBR list.


The book does a good job of not only dividing books by genre, but they also divide them by age group. So when my child comes to me with a list of books that she wants that are outside of her age range, what am I to do?

Start a Mother/Daughter Book Club, that’s what! The idea was a seed in my head, but CeCeLibrarian told me she did something similar with her daughter, so I was on it. My daughter chose, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, so we went to the library and since there were 2 copies, that’s what we came home with.

Initially, since I had never read it, my goal was to read with her, and then read ahead on my own, so as to be prepared for any inappropriate or touchy issues. I’ll be honest, me reading ahead only lasted a couple of days, so each night I was taking my chances. There was one part of the story where the kids mentioned drug addicts, and my daughter asked me what that meant, so I had to explain that, but otherwise, everything was age appropriate.

It did take us a while to get through the book, we had to renew the book a couple of times. Most of the time we alternated reading pages, and occasionally I read an entire chapter while she followed along in her book. I thought she would struggle with the fact that the book takes place 50 years ago, but she really enjoyed the book, and I really enjoyed reading it with her.

Although I used this mother/daughter book club as a way to kinda monitor what my child was reading, you could easily do the same for a variety of reasons. This is just another suggestion for your quest in #RaisingReaders.

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Enjoying the moment

“Mom…” my daughter says as she comes into my room where I’m reading.

“Yes?” I reply.

“I wanna lay and read with you.”

“Well come on then.”


Think she’ll still want to spend her Saturday evenings reading with me in 10 years?

#Wishfulthinking #RaisingReaders