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Friday, September 04, 2009

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Blogging for Books

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My boys with a Newfoundland cousin.

Though it shames me to confess it, most developmental milestones are only really exciting the first time. Most childhood "firsts"—the first step, the first word, the first morsel— lose some of the wow factor as they are repeated by younger siblings. I remember exactly the first time my eldest son sat up, vaguely, the first time for my middle child, and I'll just have to make something up to tell the third. It's awful, but it's just the way it is.

But the moment when my kids start seeing alphabet letters as more than a jumble of shapes, the minute they crack the code and the jumble becomes a sound, a word, an idea— that is thrilling to witness every single time.

Patrick and I seldom feel more parental pride and joy than when our boys are flopped over the sofa, lost in books. I deeply believe that a love of reading is the best thing children can have going for them after love and health, and it is often the saving grace of people who lack both. Literacy helps you survive. A love of reading helps you live.

I think it's a great cause for the first Little Rock twestival, a social media get-together to benefit Reach Out and Read Arkansas. If you are in the area, I hope you'll attend, and bring a book to donate for a child in need. If you can't make it, but would like to send some of these books with me, it would make me very, very proud.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Natalie Ghidotti said...

Great post, Kyran! Thanks for blogging this and for supporting Twestival!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Cid said...

Thank for confessing that you make up stuff for your youngest, I have resorted to this as well whenever he asks me about "when I was little." Unfortunately he is still struggling with reading as he enters Grade 2 but I know that he is desperate to join the big boys in the world of Harry Potter, Jack London and now Archie and the gang. Great to read about your trials raising three boys.Misery (and joy) do love company.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Janie said...

My youngest daughter doesn't have as much memorabilia as her older sister either. I guess we're too busy when the siblings come along.

Good for Arkansas for supporting reading. That's another reason I love my state!

7:28 PM  
Blogger S.E. Sward said...

If I had to choose whether to give up reading or breathing, I would give up breathing every time.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I've recently appreciated finding my two oldest sons [11 and 10] curled up with a book. I'm so thankful and excited for them that they find the joy in getting lost in a good book. You're right, after love and health, it's a very good thing!

8:03 AM  
Blogger HaikuKelly said...

I'm not a mom, but I am an auntie with an elementary ed background. I give books for every occasion and will continue to do so. Down with the toys up with the books. I also love watching them piece words together. Such a thrill!

10:52 AM  

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