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Good Stuff About Reading to Kids
posted by Amy

I've been reading Goodnight, Moon for a heck of a long time. It's been just about eight years since we first started reading our well-worn copy while putting one child or another to bed. My youngest child is nearly four, though, and I can see that in a year or two, the board books all three of our kids have chewed on and demanded multiple readings of will become part of the hazy memories my husband and I have of their baby years as our last baby grows older.

Those books we read to our children, whether they're literary classics or Dora the Explorer teleplays, are almost a soundtrack to their early lives. My husband and I, like most parents, can recite several board books from memory, including Moo, Baa, La La La, Big Red Barn, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.

It's the last author Libby Gruner writes about in her wonderful Children's Book Group column on Literary Mama. Gruner writes, "I love Mother Bear's balance with her pre-schooler son: she grounds him in the real world while still allowing his fancy to take flight."

For more thoughtful musings on children's literature, check out Libby Gruner's Children's Book Group.