Growing up, nary a day went by where you wouldn’t find me with my head buried in a book. I could easily while away hours on end, lying on my bed, getting lost in chapter after chapter of something, anything. These days, my love for the written word hasn’t changed, although my time spent lying on the bed reading quietly is certainly limited with two kids and an endless list of things to do. Now I just choose my titles a little more carefully.
It tickles me to no end that Nicholas is following in my footsteps. We make regular trips to the library … both the “real” library and the bookstore, which Nicholas also calls the library. I haven’t decided yet if that’s a good thing or not. I think it is.
During the school year, when the Scholastic book order forms come home every month, we sit together and pore over them, carefully compiling a list of which books to get. Now as he can read more and more by himself, he gets even more excited when we read together, reading a lot of it right along with me.
Tonight, as I read both kids The Tale of Peter Rabbit, I told Nicholas that I thought we should have a little challenge.
“What does ‘challenge’ mean, Mom?” he asked.
“It means that we kind of have a little contest to see if we can do something or not.”
“Oh,” he said, mulling it over in his mind. “What do we have to do?”
“Let’s see if we can read 100 different books by Christmas. What do you think?”
He nodded. He was in. Since we read stories together all the time, the 100 by Christmas isn’t as much of a challenge as reading 100 different titles is. We decided we would use tonight’s book choice as our first one on the list, since, believe it or not, it was the first time we had read The Tale of Peter Rabbit together. I know, simply unacceptable.
I created a 100 Book Challenge page on the nav bar up on the top of this site, so if you’re interested, you can follow along with us. We’d love to hear some of your favorite books and recommendations. Happy reading!