We love those full-circle parenting moments, where you find yourself doing something with your child that you did with your parents as a kid – like books! Which books did you love as a kid that you love reading to your little one now? Why is it special to you?
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One of my favorite books to read as a kid was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. I found it in a board book version and I have tried reading it to my 19 month old, but he doesn't have the patience yet to sit through all of it in detail. Still, I look forward to when he does.
I love the story because it's about a man and his steam shovel who work hard until they are passed over for jobs because of new electric shovels. They finally find work helping a little town build the cellar of their new town hall. Mike and his steam shovel, who he lovingly calls Mary Anne, dig the whole cellar in a day because the townspeople and people from neighboring towns come and watch. And when people watch, they dig faster. However, they forget to dig themselves a way out and are stuck. A little boy comes up with the idea of letting Mary Anne act as the heater for the town hall and let Mike be the janitor. They agree and it happens. I just love the image of Mike in his rocking chair and Mary Anne giving warmth to those who come to the town hall.
I love reading The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein to my two girls. I always liked the poems and drawings. When I get the book out both girls start smiling and after a few poems and looking at the funny drawings they are giggling and laughing. It's a great way to spend some quality cuddle time with eachother!
My dads, dad lived with us my whole life. He had bad knees and arthritis. Once I was really sick and was in bed upstairs. My mom had to run out and I heard her tell him I would be fine upstairs. A little while later I got sick and started crying, he came up to check on me. He cleaned me up and then got out The Monster at the End of This Book and read it to me until I fell back to sleep. That has always been my favorite book, but that just made it even more special. I've read it to my students for years, and now I have the honor of reading it to my foster kids. My foster son even has a Grover doll he sleeps with!
I read my children's books "finance for kidz" to my children. they enjoy reading the stories and ask me tons of questions.
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