Let's Share... A Love of Reading

As I have said time and time again... 
I love to read!  I remember when I was younger, my Nana would have me read the newspaper to her... 

Not because she couldn't... but because she wanted me to learn.  I would read the articles to her and if I did not know a word, she would have me look it up.  Because of her (and my mom who could pretty much open up a library from home...) I love to read.  I hope that I can pass my love of reading to Broxton and so far, he seems to enjoy it. From snuggling up and us reading together to just him sitting and flipping through magazines and books... 

That being said, I wanted to share a couple random emails I have received lately...

We have a couple of Dr. Seuss books here, but not many... Sad to say, out of the TOP 5 List below, we own only 2... Oh the Places You'll Go and The Cat in the Hat.   (Guess we need to get these other 3 soon!)

Brooke Jackman Foundation has compiled a list of the Top 5 Seuss books that are more than meets the eye, stories that also teach children how to handle challenging situations :
  • The Lorax –   Teaches children the need to be environmentally conscious
  • Oh, The Places You'll Go – Teaches children how to remain positive when faced with adversity
  • The Cat in the Hat –  Teaches children about responsibility and honesty
  • I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! – Teaches children that reading is a useful tool to acquire knowledge
  • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street – Teaches children to be imaginative
“Dr. Seuss stories are the perfect way to introduce children to themes that they will be encountering throughout their lives.  From these books, children are given examples of how to be independent and self-confident, how to care for the world around them and other lessons that they will be able to draw wisdom from throughout their lives,” said Erin Jackman, Director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old avid reader who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker.  Brooke’s passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create the Foundation as her living legacy – turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world.  Since its inception, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated over 100,000 books and 15,000 “Brooke Packs,” backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need.  In addition to an annual Read-a-thon, BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after school literacy programs, at sites across all five boroughs, including homeless shelters and Family Justice Centers for victims of domestic violence and crime in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.



Whether your little one is a beginning reader or a reluctant one, these lists of expert-recommended fun and educational reads will help your child uncover the bookworm within.

Get your toddlers off to an early reading start with these picks:
Mine! A Backpack Baby Story by Miriam Cohen
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Click here for more reading suggestions.

Ensure your preschoolers get their daily dose of reading with these book selections:  
Best Friends by Charlotte Labaronne
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Mine! Mine! Mine! By Shelly Becker
Click here for more reading suggestions.

Keep your grade-schooler’s reading skills on track with these fun reads:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Click here for more reading suggestions.

***** As I said, I received these as emails, but I wanted to share them with you.  May you also pass along a love of reading to the young ones in your life! *****


  1. I love to read. So does the hubs and I've been reading to the wee ones since they were in the womb and now they love reading too. I'm so happy because there is so much in reading.

    So I totally understand and hope you can pass it on to your little love too. It will be easy :)

    Thanks for these informative emails.

  2. I love reading! I was sewing at the Y last night. Mica and I were waiting for Isaak to get done with swimming lessons. Mica read The Giving Tree all by himself. I was so excited to hear him reading to me!


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