I love story time before bed. It's quiet time together, snuggling in the big bed. The girls each pick a book to read and share. Sometimes I read. Sometimes the girls read. Sometimes they take turns ... Elephant and Piggie are perfect books for taking turns.
And this special time together gathered around books is never missed. Trust me. There have been busy evenings or late nights, and my husband may suggest we skip reading. Nope. We can't. It's part of their homework to read every night. (I'm happy to use this as an excuse!) And besides ... We want to read. We need to read.
Their book selections are far and wide. Sometimes it's a library book from school they selected. Sometimes it's an old favorite from our bookshelf. Sometimes we read another chapter in a book. Sometimes I happen to leave a small stack of books on the table for them to find.
I did that yesterday. P. found them right away after she walked in the door from school. She didn't even take off her coat before she sat down and started browsing the stack.
"Oh, look at this one. I want to read this tonight," M. said as she picked up a book from the middle of the stack. I smiled because that's the one I wanted to share. Sometimes, just as I plan a read aloud at school, I plan for read alouds at home too.
The night before we shared The Friend Ship and That's Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I shared with my girls the sadness in my heart for Amy and her family. Then yesterday I heard the news. It wasn't a shock because I knew it was coming.
But it still hurts.
So, last night, I wanted to read Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds in memory of Amy and her continued happy dreams that will live on through her words and books. She inspires the dreamers in all of us ...
"Dreamers have a way of bouncing back and moving forward."
|A gift in a tweet from Peter H. Reynolds. #loveforAmyKrouseRosenthal|