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#BookwormMoments: Reading in the Grocery Store

This post continues my new series on "Bookworm Moments" experienced with my 9-year-old daughter.

DramaQueenDorkThe other day my daughter and I went to the library, where she checked out the two Dork Diaries books that she doesn't already own (though she had read them both before). Naturally enough, she started reading one of them [Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen] right away.

She was outraged when I told her that to make a quick stop at the small local grocery store, declaring that this would cut into her reading. I told her that I would let her sit in the little cafe area in front of the store and read while I shopped. Thus I was able to encourage her love of reading AND boost her independence a bit. A bookworm parenting win, I say.

I will admit that as I went around the end of each aisle, I looked over to make sure she was still there. I wouldn't have done it this a bigger store, or one in a less familiar area. This is a store where I run into at least one person I know every time I go there. We ran into two people yesterday, one of whom realized it was us when she noticed a child walking through the parking lot reading.

Thanks for reading! Wishing you all plenty of summer bookworm moments for yourselves. 

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Bookworm Moments: Giggling on the Balcony

BetterYouThanMeThe other day my daughter and I were reading our separate books on our balcony (pretty much my favorite place in the world) when my concentration was interrupted by the sound of giggling. I  looked over and my daughter was snorting with laughter over something in her book (Better You Than Me, by Jessica Brody). She read the passage aloud (something about eating a burger), but it wasn't clear to me what was funny about it. She choked out: "They (the two main characters) are just so DIFFERENT". And I settled back into my own book, content.

This wasn't some wordplay or slapstick humor (though of course those would have been great, too). Rather, my daughter was seeing the humor in a character behaving in a way that was contrary to that girl's own nature. Though I haven't actually read the book in question, I'm pretty sure this shows that my daughter's understanding of books is increasing. Slowly but surely, and as it should be.

As  for me, I just love that she can double up laughing over a book. It was a great way to start the day. 

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Bookworm Moments: Backup Books for Reading by the Pool

BabymouseLockerLast weekend my daughter had a playdate with a friend at our local pool. [This is my favorite kind of playdate, because I can sit quietly and read.] After her friend left, we decided to stay for a while so that my husband could join us. While we were waiting for him, she asked if we could go out to the car to get something for her to read. She proceeded to gather a stack of six graphic novels. [As I've mentioned before, my car is basically a mobile library.]

I said something like "You are a nut." 

Her response was: "What? I'm not sure which one I want to read right now. And they're all GOOD." 

"Fair enough," I conceded. And she mostly sat reading until she was able to convince my husband to go in the pool with her.  

SecretCodersTo me this incident demonstrates that kids need reading choice not just overall, but also in the moment. As I reflected on this for a moment, I realized that I myself had finished one book on my Kindle while I was sitting there and then dabbled in a few samples before settling on what I was  going to read next.

This is how real readers read. We graze. We pick and choose. And we always make sure that we have a backup available, in case we finish our first, or it just doesn't suit our mood.

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Bookworm Moments: Still Requesting New Picture Book Purchases

PigeonSchoolMy daughter is nine now. She has introduced graphic novels, novels and some nonfiction into her reading repertoire. But I am happy to report that she still loves picture books. We don't read them together as much these days, but I frequently find little piles of them on the floor around the house. She is especially drawn to picture books at times of physical or emotional distress.

She received a few picture books that she had really wanted for Christmas (the Bears on Chairs books by Shirley Parenteau and David Walker, e.g.), and we've continued to check picture books out from the library. However, I have been ramping down purchases of picture books for her. If anything, I'm trying to reduce the number of picture books that we have in the house, so that we have room for things like furniture. 

The other day, however, she happened by my computer as I was reading a news story about the publication of a new Pigeon book by Mo Willems. There was a big screen shot from the book at the top of the article. She stopped dead in her tracks and said: "Is THAT a new PIGEON book?" On learning that it was, she promptly began her campaign for me to purchase The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! I was not all that hard to convince, truth be told. 

RedLemonBut it didn't stop there. As we were ordering the book she said: "Hey, are there any new Bob Staake books? You know how much I love books by my friend Bob Staake." (She cherishes a book that he autographed to her as his friend a while back, and considers The Donut Chef to be one of the best books of all time.) A search revealed one that was not new, but that we didn't have and that she could not live without (The Red Lemon). This, too, was added to the cart. 

I'm sure she would have kept going  given any encouragement. Although I really am trying to cut back, she knows my weaknesses. And, like my daughter, I am a sucker for picture books. 

Thanks for reading! I've decided to start tagging posts like this that document a little incident in my daughter's reading, but that aren't really milestones, "Bookworm Moments."  Stay tuned for more. 

© 2019 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage