I have always been a bookworm. In fact, one of my earliest memories is of plowing through a Dr. Seuss book all by myself. I remember my head hurt and my eyes were tired, but I was triumphant, knowing I’d accomplished something huge.
That first book gave me access to a lifetime of adventure (if only in my mind), an easy escape from boredom, and most important, the key to all of the world’s secrets.
So when I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I did? Was to start filling my unborn child’s bookcase. By the time I gave birth, she already had 50 titles to choose from—and it’s grown exponentially ever since.
I started reading to her our first week home from the hospital. Since it didn’t much matter what I read, I chose stories that were much to old for her. Ladybug Girl by Jackie Davis was one of my favorites, as was the Twilight series. Heck, I even read What To Expect the First Month out loud when I couldn’t get her to stop crying.
And you know what? It worked.
Although she can’t actually read yet (she’s two), she’s already a true blue book lover. She’s known as “the kid who reads all the time” at daycare, and if I can’t find her here at home? Chances are she’s curled up in the corner with a book—babbling away to herself as she turns the pages.
I know it’s still far too early to pat myself and declare Operation Bookworm a success, but we’re off to a good start.
I can’t wait to see her eyes shining with pride as she reads out loud to me. I look forward to arguing over the number of bedtime stories we have to read, and later, to having to take a book away from her long after I first insisted she turn out the light.
I hope reading makes her curious about the world around her. And more understanding of people and places entirely foreign to her. I know books can help her see that there’s more than one way to look at things—and that our way isn’t the only way.
My fondest wish for her? Is that her early love of reading leads to a lifelong love of learning—and a burning curiosity that keeps her from settling for the easy answer.
That’s not too much to ask, is it?
Amber Page is a mom and a blogger who chronicles her life as a working mom at Amber Page Writes. An avid fan of reading her whole life, Amber hopes her daughter, Tori, has the same passion for books as she.