Saturday, October 01, 2011

31 Days of Reading with Your Children // Day 1

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I am pretty passionate about reading and books. And, since I became a mama (eight years ago on Monday - yikes!), I have become somewhat enraptured and passionate about children's books. Finding new ones we haven't read before, adding some to our home library, making (a lot of) trips to our local library ... books are something that we feel it's worth investing time and money in.

With a big gulp and some nervous fingers, I am going to try and blog for the next 31 days about reading with your children. I hope to include both reading aloud with your children as well as reading together, ie., everyone reading their own books but at the same time during the day. I will share some of our favorite read-alouds that you might want to share with your kids as well as some that might be new to you. I might share some of the resources we use to find great books. I'll probably throw in a picture or two of cute kids reading as well.

Please know that I am not a reading specialist nor do I have a highly advanced degree in children's literature (although now I would love to go back to school and study that!) What I am is a girl that grew up devouring Nancy Drew books like they were candy corn and is now a homeschooling mama of four crazy active kids, aged 8-in-two-days, 5, 4, and almost 1. We spend a lot of our days reading and it is my favorite part of our day.



If you are participating in 31 Days, please leave me a comment and let me know ... I'd love to come by and visit you!

21 comments:

  1. what a super idea! can't wait to see what your recommendations are!
    I'm a 31 dayer too...31 days of creating!

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  2. I love love love children's books. I'll be following along with your posts this month, for sure.

    (I am a 31 day-er, too-- 31 Days for the Struggling Mama.)

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  3. Love it! I'm the Nancy Drew girl, too. Can't wait to follow along!

    a

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  4. I'm totally here! We love books!! :) You can follow my series if you'd like -- 31 Days to Happier Children. This will be fun! Happy October!

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  5. Looking forward to seeing your posts! I'm also a children's book fiend. Can't wait to chat about them for a whole month!

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  6. Yay! I love reading your book posts in any form! I'm doing 31 days of writing every day. Probably not informative so much as a practice.

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  7. Love your topic! As a mom of young boys AND a children's book illustrator, I am a book psycho! =).
    I'm doing 31 Days to Inspire a Child.

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  8. MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE!!! My girls love that book. I am eager to read what you say and will be pointing my friend Windy your way as well since you and she are on similar age lines.
    I am 31-daying. 31 days of Simply Living!

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  9. I love love love children's books and reading to kids. It is so important for a child to be read to. As a former elementary school teacher now full-time mom, I am always searching for books that work at home with my own kids. Looking forward to your suggestions.

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  10. Great, great topic!!! My 5 year old LOVES books (Mommy too)! Can't wait to see what you share!!!

    I'm 31ing too...Finding Balance

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  11. Reading is one of the best things you can do with your kids! I'll be following for sure! I'm just starting to read chapter books to my 3 1/2 year old daughter, how fun!
    My 31 Days challenge is 31 Days to a Clean House :)

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  12. I'm so excited to follow this 31 day series! We are a book loving family here so it is always wonderful to find more books, reading suggestions, and just reading fun.

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  13. Totally excited about this one. I have four boys and two of them are young enough that they need me to do most of the reading for them. I am a lover of books so this should be good!

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  14. O man if you only knew how many times I read "Llama llama misses Mamma" today, you'd laugh! And my children show no mercy- they demand to be read to even when I have the hiccups :P Looking forward to your 31 day blog posts!

    I'm also a 31 dayer. My series is "31 Days on Church."

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  15. This is a fantastic idea! My kids are older now (8, 12, and 14) but I run a daycare in my home so I'm always looking for new book ideas for them. I LOVED reading to my own kids and really miss those days.

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  16. Oh, well, do I really need to comment on this? I think not. :-) I can't wait to read what you have to say!

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  17. I will support your priceless cause and am your newest follower. I count reading to my children as one of life's greatest blessings ~ as well as reading to the children I babysit. There is no better way to bond. My 31 Day Series is on Library Living. We walk tri-weekly to ours (sometimes more) and it is like Christmas everytime we enter the front door. Love what you are doing here! Go reading girl!!

    xoxo michele

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  18. What a great idea! I too am going to do this...never done a 31 day before...here's to trying!!

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  19. I am really struggling to meet the kid's reading goal's at school. They are 5, so I am actually the one who has to do the reading ( 400 minutes a month to them). I'm looking forward to reading your 31 days.You can give me motivation! I also have a 31 day theme ( 31 days of southern life). Hope you'll stop by and check it out and follow along if you are interested. Have a great night.

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  20. Catching up on my Google Reader after being out-of-town. (Can you tell!?) This is AWESOME! And now that I'm all caught up, I'm looking forward to reading your posts on this subject matter.

    Maybe not a reading specialist - but you ARE a mom and I think that counts for more.

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  21. I thing that it's a wonderful thing to teach your children to be life long readers. I think this makes it easier for them to become life long learners.

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