March 03, 2010

Thank Goodness They Like Books

I am a bookworm. I love to read. I can devour books. When I was younger, my mom took me on weekly treks to the local library. I loved finding new books or even revisiting old favorites. Some people can watch the same movies over and over. I enjoy reading the same books over and over. I don't care if I know what's going to happen, I like being lost in a book.
From a young age, my daughters have been surrounded by books. We have pictures of them sitting together, pouring over picture books. Sure, many times the books were upside down, but it's the thought that counts.
As part of our project to split the girls into two bedrooms, our guest room is on the verge of becoming their second room and our den/office/room for storing junk is now the guest room. It took several hours, but the new guest room is complete. In order to do this, a large futon had to be moved from the room. This futon was my couch for many years. It's still fairly comfortable, but over the years has mainly been a giant cat bed. Hubby asked what I wanted to do with it. He suggested moving it downstairs in our front room/play room (really, in our house what room isn't a play room/toy storage area?!). I told him that was fine with me, but if he felt it wouldn't work then I wanted the futon donated or pitched. We don't need to store anything else in our basement.
So, a week ago today we moved the futon in front of our large picture window in our front play room. The girls have officially dubbed it "the book couch." When Hubby moved the futon downstairs, he also moved a book case down there. It is now filled with books for children. My daughters are quite content to sit on the couch all day long, looking at books or looking out the window. Sure, they still get up and play, too, but they're so quiet. It's amazing. I'm looking forward to digging out more books for them... and maybe curling up on the futon with a book of my own!
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8 comments:

Stephanie Barr said...

I love books. I read books out loud to Lee, because of his dyslexia. Half the time, Roxy will come and sit my lap and listen. How cool is that?

reanbean said...

I'm with you- really, really hoping my kids will love to read as much as I do (though I don't always find as much time as I'd like). Our kids have also been drawn towards books since they were just months old. They love to listen to T or I read to them, but they will also just go sit near the bookshelf and read on their own. The other day, Tiny read Brown Bear Brown Bear to Buba (her own version from what she remembered) and it completely melted my heart. I'm sure with you setting the example, your kids will continue to love books for a long, long time. :o)

Quadmama said...

I just got them interested in Shel Silverstein and can't wait until they're old enough to appreciate the "Ramona" books.

Sarah said...

Speaking of Shel Silverstein, my mom just gave me my old copy of "Where the Sidewalk Ends". I'm hoping I can start reading it with my oldest soon. I too LOVE books. And it makes me so happy to see that all my kids really love them too.

MaryAnne said...

It took Johnny to get Emma hooked on books. Thankfully he loves them, and Lily does too - and so does Emma, now that she has finally discovered them!

SLColman said...

That is so sweet that they are hooked on books!! I love to read too!

zookeeperjess said...

I also love to read. I can read the same book over and over as well. My kids seem to be really into it too.

How awesome that your kids are following the same love for books!

Quadmama said...

It's fun when they enjoy the books that I remember reading as a child.

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