My mother was a second grade teacher. She loved children’s books and reading to kids — lucky for my brother and me, because even after we were reading on our own, she still read to us often. Mostly I remember this as a sweet summer bedtime ritual, when the long twilights would lend themselves perfectly to us wheedling later bedtimes. In this way, I experienced a lot of books with complicated ideas before I may have been able to comprehend them on my own. Even with the ones that I read again independently, I find that to this day my memories of the stories are as my mom read them to us. These books undoubtedly shaped the reader and the person I became as I grew older.
Happy Mothers Day! We are never too old to enjoy hearing a good story read out loud.
Some of my favorite stories were A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, and The Giver by Lois Lowry.
— Mia Cabana, currently reading West With the Night by Beryl Markham
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