Happy Literacy Day

Books have always been a huge part of my life. While reading I could escape my Mother’s turbulent mood swings and go on adventures that were only limited by my imagination. My fondest early memories of reading are from when I was very young and my Dad would read to me from a series of books Called Fables of the Green Forest by Thornton W. Burgess. I think we must have read them all.

The rich timber of my Dad’s voice as he read to me would lull me into a deep sleep and send me on fantastical dream adventures deep in the forest. In those day’s my Dad was working at the coal mine so I would get four nights of storytelling bliss. Four chapters, more if I could wheedle them out of my Dad, and then I would have to wait until his next shift to finish.

Waiting for story night I would imagine where the character would end up and what they may do. I would craft and draw and act out all the stories in my room. Sometimes would read ahead without telling my Dad just so I could find out what happened but still enjoy his vibrant and enthralling storytelling. The memories of those nights got me though some rough times and always made me feel cherished. I won’t ever forget them.

I hope to pass that love of books and reading to my own children. My oldest is already as much a bookworm as I was at that age and more often then not can be found under her covers reading. The young ones all ask for reading time before bed. Only the little ones still want me to read to them and we try and get a couple of books in each day. Some of our favorites are:

The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. (I can recite this one from memory, I have read it so many times)

50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch (This is a favorite because it reminds me of a sleepwalking incident with my own Dad that still leaves me in stitches when I think of it.)

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton (This is another favorite from when I would read to my little sisters.)

Maki – Je Suis Content by Zanimo (A French collection of board books.)

There are more but these are books that never make it back onto our bookshelf. I would love to know what some of your favorite books are. Which ones do you recall from your childhood?

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