A couple of years ago, I began replacing my analog library with digital versions of my favorites. I had to come the realization that the physical artifacts- the books- weren’t as important as the content- the stories and information. Ebooks were far easier to maintain and cart around. Last year, I finally took the plunge and got rid of my books. (Read about it here.)
Key to this decision, though, was the idea that I would still have digital versions of my favorite books to share with my children. My oldest son, age 15, is a rabid Stephen King fan and has a love of reading as I do. The little guys, Noodle and the Goon, show all the signs of having that same love.
What are the stories that you really love and have already shared or can’t wait to share with the next generation? Today, I’m talking about my three favorite short stories from one of the greats- Roger Zelazny. If you’ve missed these, maybe you’ll check them out. That is the theme of my “Saturday Morning Rerun”: taking another look at a classic.
Day 2 of my 30 Days of Write challenge. I woke up this morning tired (late night last night with the rehearsal dinner for a friend’s wedding) but energized and ready to write! I was thinking about the flip side of writing- reading. This seemed like a great opportunity to spread the word about a great summer reading activity (that is FREE!) for kids from Barnes & Noble.
My middle boy, the Noodle, is in Kindergarten this year. It’s the beginning of May, which means it’s PARP time! PARP- Parents As Reading Partners- is designed to build a love of reading in children by engaging parents to spend 15 minutes a day reading to their children. Designed in New York State in the late 1970’s, the PARP program is an idea that I can really get behind. I think if we can teach children that reading can be fun we’ve given them a powerful tool to spur lifelong learning.
The Noodle and the Goon have just been tucked into bed but right before that we spent about 20 minutes reading tonight. The selection tonight was a series that is an old favorite in our house, going back to when my 13 year old was starting Kindergarten. We read our entire series of the “Black Lagoon” books. Have you heard of them? On the reading list tonight:
- The Teacher From the Black Lagoon
- The Principal From the Black Lagoon
- The Gym Teacher From the Black Lagoon
- The Librarian From the Black Lagoon
- The School Nurse From the Black Lagoon
- The Custodian From the Black Lagoon
- The Music Teacher From the Black Lagoon
- The School Bus Driver From the Black Lagoon