The Titles They Shared

Tell us about books that you have been introduced to by your children/grandchildren.

My children are all avid readers. I have been reading to all of them since before they were born. Then once they were born I kept reading, sharing my favorite stories with them, as I am sure all of you have with your children. We didn’t really have a tv for a long time, we had a tiny 13 inch tv with a dvd player so we spent hours and hours at the library and then reading together once we were home. The kids would all share their favorite stories with me when they were younger.

When Quinlan was in fourth grade he discovered The Watson’s Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. Quinlan always had a harder time reading than other people. He had some learning challenges which we didn’t know about until he was in probably the second or third grade. Once we knew what was going on, and found a teacher who would work with him he started to learn how to read in his own way. His teacher tossed out the sight words method that the schools were doing at the time and went back to teach him phonics. He has a language memory problem (among other things) which made it difficult for him to memorize words but once he knew how to sound them out and had a teacher who took the time to let him learn in his own way, he suddenly loved to read. At the time, Quin needed to follow along while a story was being read to him, His teacher had read The Watson’s Go to Birmingham to him during school. He loved the story so much that he went to the library, checked out the book and the audiobook on CD. He checked the book and the CD out so many times that year that the librarian gave them to him to keep. Listening to that story with Quinlan was the first time I had ever read that book. We then rented the movie, I must say the movie was good but as always I thought that book was better. This is also when I first really gave audio books a chance. Be

When Jessica was younger she introduced me to a series call Warriors. It is about cats. I really think I could get into this series if I would actually sit down and read them. I plan to do so someday. But at the time I had decided that I needed to wait a little bit. Jessica is likes to tell the entire story when she tells you about a book, she does the same thing with movies. I swear she does not understand the concept of spoilers. I think she gets it from my sister who does the same thing. She’ll tell me that I need to read a book then proceed to tell me every major thing that happened. It has been a few years since Jessica has told me every little detail of this series so I think it is about time that I borrow the books from her. Jessica and I have shared a great many books over the years. Usually, I give her books that I have read and then she takes them. Now, she’s really into Stephen King which I won’t read his scarier books so she doesn’t even tell me about that.

Jessica also introduced me to the American Girl series. I have enjoyed these stories and when we go to a Scholastic Book Fair I still pick up new books even though Jessica doesn’t read them anymore. I like the stories and I figure someday I might have grandchildren who might want to read them.

Just a few years ago Wyatt introduced me to Pete the Cat and Pig the Pug books. I had never head of either of those and they are really cute little picture books. Even now that he is in 6th grade he sometimes likes to flip through them and I really do enjoy reading them as well. I don’t think anyone can ever be too old for a picture book that is well written and illustrated.

Are there any books that the younger generation has introduced you to?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to The Titles They Shared

  1. I think it is never too early to read to children! It instills a love of not only stories and books, but words and the world around them, even if it is fantasy. Even fantasy introduces them to using their thoughts and imaginations, but about other people and cultures.
    Good job Angie.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Being a career librarian, I love knowing that you and your kids found a welcoming atmosphere at the public library. And I’m really impressed that the librarian let your son keep that copy of the book he loved. It shows the human side of an institution which has a bad rap for just saying “shhhhh” and giving a stern glare.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I used the Pete the Cat books in my pre-first grade classroom. It’s a great series. I love to hear kids tell their versions of stories they’ve read or heard.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I’ve read some of the books you mention but not all of them. Isn’t it great to have children who read?

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