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I Can’t Believe They Can Finally READ

Like, for real read. They can read together. They can read on their own! They can read out loud and silently and we can all curl up on the couch together and just READ! It's a Momma Bookworm's dream come true you guys!      I remember being so disappointed when trying to read a book to a baby less than a year old and realizing that it would be many many moons before said child and I could actually cozy up and ENJOY a book together. Fast forward a thousand sessions of various Dr. Seuss, The Gruffalo, Love You Forever, No Jumping on the Bed, and Miss Hunnicutt's Hat and this is finally happening...     They're so close in age that even though Elsa can read much more extensively, Anna is not to be outdone and wants to be right there in that chapter book with her. So I catch them frequently partner reading. And we have "silent independent reading time" which is good for their growing brains but let's be honest, also my excuse to

Read Good Books

My favorite book quote EVER is from Mark Twain - The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. So so so good. I feel like Mark is giving me the "shame on you" side eye if I'm not pushing myself to carve out time to read.     When I haven't been reading I feel the lack. I feel it in my bones. It's like there's an itch in my brain that needs to be scratched. I need the new thoughts, the rich sentences, I need the fuel for my own creativity.     I need to learn and grow. When I'm not reading it's almost like my health suffers in similar ways to when I'm not taking care of myself physically... I am a very sensitive person who finds it almost impossible to maintain balance in life! But I do need to stay hydrated. I do need to get adequate sleep, even if that means maintaining my unapologetic title of "professional power napper." I need to talk to my friends. I need to eat nourishing food. I need to

New Favorite Book | The Book Thief

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}   My friend and I were talking about books the other day. We frequently swap favorite titles. Anyways she used a phrase that I just ADORE and am totally stealing... she said that some books are like dark chocolate. They have a depth. You chew on them more. You savor the complexity. So... my set of Twilight novels? Junk food. Delicious junk food. There's a place for all kinds of reading! ;-) No shame in indulging every once in awhile. But back to the good stuff.. I couldn't get that phrase out of my head, and I want to share a really amazing "dark chocolate" type book with you today. I just finished it last

Ponderings from Kid Books (and my trip to Yosemite)

{Alright you know how this works but I should say it anyways, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}   I try not to be disturbed by the fact that a lot of times the quotes that come most often to my mind are from children's books or movies. I guess that's just a Mom's lot in life! Anyways if you've never read Julia Donaldson's book The Snail and the Whale, you are totally missing out and you need to get yourself a copy. Even if you don't have kids, it's just fabulous. It's all about a snail who wants to travel and hitches a ride on the tail of a whale. And there's a surprise twist ending that I wouldn't dare spoil for you ;-) Read it to your kids and be inspired!    So I thought of