Friday, March 5, 2010
Book Fair 3/5/10
i love books. i have always loved books. some of my best memories from my childhood are being read to by my mom. some of my best memories as a mom are reading with my child. i love that lily shares my love of reading and my love of books. it makes me smile to hear her read aloud some nights when she is in bed, creating different voices for each character, reading with feeling and emotion. long before lily was even a thought i collected children's books choosing them for their simple telling of a beautiful story or their rich and whimsical illustration. i took favorite books from my own childhood with me when i grew up and moved away from home. before she was born i imagined us curled up together reading. so twice a year i look forward to the school book fair with almost as much excitement as lily does. we have discovered some of our favorite books at the book fair - knuffle bunny by mo willems, the miraculous journey of edward tulane by kate di camillo and the first book in the suddenly supernatural series which lily loves. in the past lily and i have butt heads about book choices i believe in exposing her to literature and helping her make good choices. i DO judge a book by it's cover. book design is an art and i look for newbury and caldecott award winners. books about barbie or spongebob are not literature. i have had to persuade her in the past to choose a real story over a flashy, heavily advertised character. this year lily made all her own choices based on subject matter that interests her. she took the time to look and read back covers before determining what she would like to purchase and there was not a barbie or spongebob in the bunch. take the opportunity to meet your child at the book fair and look together. guide kids to books and topics your children are interested in and steer them away from the glitzy, non- book trinkets that are unfortunately available at these fairs. if you can't make it to the fair send your child with money (easier to stay within budget if mom's not there) and a note to the teacher saying you wish your child to purchase BOOKS at the book fair.
I went to the book fair at my school and I bought three books, My Sister the Vampire - Revamped, Wait Till Helen Comes and Cicada Summer. I wanted to buy a pointer which is a hand on a pole for pointing at stuff but my mom said I couldn't. I am going use my own money to get it because I like them. They are cool. I like to read ghost stories. I like mysteries. They are scary and fun.