Falling in Love with the Library Again
August 3rd, 2013
To be clear, I never stopped enjoying the library. I’ve been a book-lover my whole life, but now I’m experiencing the love of reading through my daughter’s eyes and it’s a whole new level of enjoyment.
Miss Mouse is now a reader. I’ve changed the way I mentally classify her skills from “learning to read” to “can read.”
It’s really quite amazing. My daughter can read!
I don’t mean to brag.
Okay, I do mean to brag – I’m really proud of her. She’s actually shockingly proficient. We took the picture on the right on April 30th after she independently read her first book, all by herself. It was a little, six page story about a pink pig, specifically designed for an early phonics reader. Can you see how proud she was? We wrote the date inside the cover to memorialize the occasion.
Since then, she’s finished working her way through her lesson book (Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which I heartily recommend) and we’ve started introducing her to early reader books.
Which brings me back to last Thursday and my trip to the library to find her some new reading material. I connected with an excellent librarian who helped me navigate the ER section of the library.
And let me take a moment here to say that a good librarian is a marvelous thing. She had excellent recommendations for everything from the classic Dick and Jane books to some early reader Pinkalicious stories designed to make any pink-loving girl’s heart go pitter-pat.
I arrived to pick her up from school armed with half a dozen books and Miss Mouse dove in with gusto, not even waiting until we got home to start thumbing through the pages. I had deliberately selected a range of difficulties and I never expected her to be able to manage them all on her own, so you can imagine my surprise when I heard a voice from the back of the car on the ride home, confidently announcing: “The humpback whale eats krill.”
Today, I took her with me for a return trip to the library and she tore around the Early Reader section like a mad woman, joyously yanking books off the shelves, opening them and exclaiming – “Mommy! I can read this one!” She grabbed titles willy-nilly and we ended up with quite an assortment, ranging from Dr. Seuss to “Angelina Ballerina” to a Batman comic.
I like a girl with eclectic taste and I can’t wait to listen to her read all her new favorite books to me.