Saturday, February 9, 2013

Reader To Be

I am proud to say that I am raising a couple of book worms.  We love books at our house.  Lots of books.  There are books pretty much everywhere.  They are my addiction and now they are the girls', too.  And despite the shelves and bags and piles of books at home, we are avid users of the public library.  We live by the philosophy that you can never have too many books, even if they're just borrowed.

Rachel was 3 when she began insisting on checking out "chapter books" from the library.  Everyone else in the family read long, pictureless books so she wanted some, too.  She did not want anyone to read these books to her.  No way.  They were for her to read by herself, 'cause she was Big.  She has contined checking out "chapter books" every single library visit.  She knows the location of the Magic Treehouse, Rainbow Fairy, and Junie B. Jones series.  She frequently dismisses books because she has already "read" them.  She carefully watches what Katherine checks out and then checks the same book out for herself later.  She has recently branched out into new sections of the library because she wants "fatter" books.  She is trying to convince Kate to follow her lead on this.  She was especially pleased with today's pick - it's fat AND it has a sparkly horse on the cover.  She knows Kate likes horses and she's just sure that her sister will be jealous!
Rachel has been carrying around her "chapter books" for two years now.  She hauls them from room to room and packs them for trips in the car.  She flips through the pages.  She sits with a book on her lap and stares at the grand mystery of print and imagines.
Over the past couple of weeks, Rachel's passion for chapter books has deepened.  She pores over pages looking for words she knows, like "Mom" and "Dad" and "love".  The Rainbow Fairy series has a main character named Rachel, so Rae searches every page in a Where's Waldo search for her name.  Sometimes I hear her spelling out words, letter by letter.  She announces which chapter she's on.  Now that she's moved to "fatter" books, she has become obsessed with finding page 100 in every book she sees. You can practically see her longing to really and truly READ.
I can't wait to see her unlock the magic of all of those words.  It won't be long...

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