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“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

― Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

As a child, I always loved books. My mom used to take me to the library every Saturday morning so I could pick out my books for the week. I would get so excited to dig into them that I’d start reading in the car. As cliche as it sounds, I would even read under the covers with a flashlight at night. Today, I’m still that little girl that loves books. I read almost every day for enjoyment (I consider it part of my self-care ritual) – if the book is really good, I’ll read late into the night on my Kindle (with the build-in book light…because technology!).
When my little was born, I hoped that my love of books would be instilled in him, so I took him to the library on a weekly basis – storytime, naptime, exploring and touching the books…and what do you know!? He’s a bookworm just like his mama. 🥰
I recently came into possession of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. This book brought back so many childhood memories for me. I shared it with him and he soaked up every single page. We laughed at my favorite poems and talked about all the drawings. It made my soul sing and my heart full. I never knew I’d find so much joy in knowing that he loves books almost as much as I do.

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

– Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Are you a Silverstein fan? What was your favorite Silverstein poem? Or is there another childhood author that brings back all the good feels?

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