April 30, 2010

Guess how much

If you don't have a Borders card, you should. Particularly if you have kids. Nothing steams me more than finding a parent who doesn't read to their child. Like my own brother, for example.


So to help celebrate my brother's youngest sons 1st birthday coming up next month, I'm sending him a book. TO READ. And since the near-1 year old can't read, maybe his momma or papa will. Even though they actually pride themselves as being non-readers.


Anyway... because I'm a Borders member and signed up to get emails - something else I'd highly encourage - I got a 40% off coupon good until tomorrow. So during my lunch break I headed over to Borders and picked up three sale priced board books (I didn't see this marked anywhere but apparently they are buy 2 get 1 free so score for me!!) for my Lovie and my brothers and the full price book that I chose to have the 40% coupon be applied to is one I've been wanting to get for a while: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.

If you haven't read it, you should.

If you have a child you should get it for them. Now. And then read it to them over and over again and you'll create a memory for a lifetime.

Want proof?

Well that same brother I mentioned above has an older son who will be 18 tomorrow. Without going into the sordid details, my brother and nephew haven't been in contact with one another for YEARS now.

Disgusting, I know.

I lived with my brother and said nephew when the boy was 4 until he was almost 9 (long story left for another day- maybe). I read to him every single night. And every single night, before going to bed we would tell each other, "I love you." And, because of Guess How Much I Love You (really, you must read it and get it for your child), we extended that to "I love you to the moon and back and more." (My nephew added "and more.")

And even though said nephew will be 18 tomorrow, my Facebook message today wishes him a Happy Birthday and it also says, "I love you- to the moon and back and more." Actually it says "I love you TTMABAM" because it's 2010 and that's what you do to long phrases.

So there you have it: Proof that every parent (or person desperately wanting to be a parent and/or acting as a parent) should read to their child.

Guess what I'll be reading to Lovie tonight? Hint: Not Goodnight Moon! ;)

2 more hours, baby doll...


  1. I read this to Charlie-such a sweet book. Happy belated birthday to Charlie's birthday twin!

  2. I love this post - both as a teacher and a mom. I definitely think people underestimate the power and importance of reading.
    We've been reading to M pretty much since the day she was born. Hearing and seeing words from a young age is important from the get go.
    (And I definitely have this book!)


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