I think I've told you I have a book problem. Well, it's one of the many things I'm passing down to the frog princess. Â But, unlike giggling when she farts, this might actually be beneficial. I started putting her collection into Good Reads but, I've since stopped (she shouldn't have more organization than me, I'm just sayin'). Â Each night she gets into her bed and asks me to "read book". Â I always struggle with what book to pull.
The other day, Wild About BooksÂ caught my eye (and not for the first time). Â It's a natural book for me because I share the sentiments of the title.
With every reading, she picks up on a new animal, a new activity. Â For me, it's more profound that that. Â Books mean so much to me. Â They paved the path I walked on to get to where I am today. Â My parents, who had little education, were very much aware of the importance of books. Â And so I never lacked them.
As I grew, books became a way for me to reach into far away lands and extract something new. A way to learn. I learn by reading. By listening to story lines woven in to beautiful words and landscape. Â I have a deep respect for authors primarily because of the impact that I know they have on their readers. Â I am one of them.
I still remember how I felt reading Are You There God, It's Me Margaret or Forever (still remember the 3 weeks I had to wait to check the book out as the junior high school girls had a deep hold on this one. I recently found a used bookstore that had the same version of the book I read so long ago. Yes, I bought it).
I don't always remember each and every book I've read but what I do know is that books have ignited a fire deep in the center of my heart that cannot be diminished.
On the contrary, with each book I read, the fire seems to grow. Â And now, I have the pleasure of lighting that fire for my child. Â And let me tell you, I have no words to describe how that feels.
That is why I am so humbled and honored to be a community leader over at The Blog Frog for their Random House Read and Play Community. Â Spreading the passion of reading is not something I like to limit to my offspring so, consider yourself as a potential candidate to be infected with the reading bug.
And to start you off on the right foot, we have a Live Chat taking place today @ 9 p.m. EST. Â But more than that, there will be live chats with some of your favorite authors! Â Who, you might ask? Well, how about Rebecca Stead and Clare Vanderpool tomorrow @ 9 p.m. EST for starters?
So, do you have the reading bug? If you want to catch it, leave us a message over in the community and we'll be sure to help you out.