Friday, August 29, 2008

It's what I do.

Recently, I went to the library, or 'rabia' as my four year old niece lovingly calls it, with my sister and her children. I love my sister and I think she is a great mom, but that fact did not stop me from doing what I do. I went to the library catalog and looked up picture books about horses because my niece loves horses. I went to the board book section and picked out 4 or 5 books that seemed fun for my 18 month old nephew. I talked to the librarian about her storytime craft.

I guess when you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, most weeks a year, doing something, it kind of becomes who you are. So, moms, be aware. I love you and I know you are doing a wonderful job being moms, but if you take me to the library, don't be surprised when I act like a concerned children's librarian and maybe tell you things about books and reading and early literacy that drive you crazy. It's what I do . . . the only difference is the mom's around here pay me for it, and you get it for FREE!

If you would like to know why I've become so passionate about my job, please read:


The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

&

Growing a Reader From Birth by Diane Mcguinness

3 comments:

Lorraine said...

I LOVE Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook. I read it when Jack and I were first married, and then I talked about it so much that he bought me a copy.

Mary said...

Will you remind me about those books when I'm married, ok? And will you PLEASE PLEASE be my personal librarian when I have kids too?

It was good to talk to you the other night! I'm so glad you called. :)

Ellen said...

Thank you for that post. I think you are greatest Children's Librarian ever, and I love it that you try to help your sisters with their children's reading choices.

KEEP IT UP.
Love ya