Favorite Things Friday

Being a person with a degree in English Literature, it is safe to assume that I love to read.  It is definitely one of my Favorite Things.  I will read anything I can get my hands on.  Magazines, pamphlets, menus, cereal boxes, the back of a shampoo bottle.  Growing up we always had little books to read around the house {and especially in the library, a.k.a. the bathroom}.  Small collections of short stories, Highlights Magazine, Readers Digest, etc.  My mom even had to stop her subscription to the Ladies Home Journal when I started reading those as a child, since she thought it was a bit mature for me and I would read anything and everything.

I still love to read and will still read anything that crosses my path.  But I especially love reading to my children.  It is one of my favorite things about being a mom.  We have books upon books upon more books in our home.  One of my favorite books for the boys was given to us by my friend Liesl at a book swap last Christmas.  It is a big book of classic children’s bedtime stories, and we read from it a few times a week.  Cole’s favorite story is The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  My husband has a very convincing troll voice, and when he read that story to Cole’s class at school a few weeks ago he had all the kids screaming whenever he read the troll’s words.  :)

I love to read my old books to the boys as well.  I have a large collection of Shel Silverstein books, and those are some of my favorite things to read to them.  Cole’s favorite Shel Silverstein book is The Giving Tree.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree

I love the collections of poetry, such as A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and Falling Up.  All of those books were given to me by my mother, and I treasure them and really enjoy reading them to my kids.

A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Falling Up

It’s so funny to think about this man, who looked like a complete ruffian sometimes and illustrated for Playboy, writing children’s books and stories.

But he was an amazing writer and is right up there among my favorites.  Do you have any favorite books?  What do your children like to read?  I’d love to hear about them!


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