Book Love

Ode to Ramona and How you Can Listen to her Audiobooks for Free!

Beatrice Quimby's biggest problem was her little sister Ramona. Beatrice, or Beezus (as everyone called her, because that was what Ramona had called her when she first learned to talk), knew other nine-year-old girls who had little sisters who went to nursery school, but she did not know anyone with a little sister like Ramona.

- First paragraph of Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

And so begins one of the classic series of all time. I grew up with Ramona books. I loved them then and love them now. From the first book where we are introduced to four-year-old Ramona, through the following seven we get to see her grow, relate with her problems, laugh at the situations she finds herself in, and love her relationships with her family. Beverly Cleary wrote so much heart into the Ramona books, they are hard not to love. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today is our first day of Christmas break. The kids are home and we are ready to celebrate! As a result, I will be taking a short break from the blog to more fully enjoy the time with my family and try to make a dent in my TBR pile (Probably not going to happen, but a reader can always try. There are just too many good books out there I want to get to!). I can’t wait to see you in the New Year, to share more books and encourage young readers.

Reading Together at Christmastime

I remember my mom reading Christmas stories to our family when I was young. I remember the tree and the fire in the fireplace and hearing The Gift of the Magi for the first time. I don't know how often she read out loud to us at Christmas, but I know it was enough to remember and to inspire in me a desire to create the same kind of memories for my own kids. 

If you have never read out loud to your kids before (as in gather all the ages to sit in a room together where they listen to you read a story often without pictures), December is a great time to start.

Reading Inspires Imagination and Play

I don’t know if my parents bought our copy of A Baby Sister for Frances because I too was about to become a big sister, or if it’s path to our house was more random. I do remember reading it over and over. I also remember how it inspired me to make the momentous decision to run away, just like Frances.