Wednesday, August 19, 2015

365 Bedtime Stories : Age 4

365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert

I grew up in a family of readers. We had a bookcase or magazine rack in every room of our house. From the day I was born, I was surrounded by books, magazines, newspapers...and four people who would snuggle up on the couch and read to me. I remember watching as my older brother ran his finger across the page while he read to me, and soon I realized that letters made words and words made sentences and before long I was reading the stories along with my brother. When I was four years old, one of my favorite books (even then I couldn't pick just one favorite) was 365 Bedtime Stories. All the stories took place on What-A-Jolly Street, and inside the cover was a map showing the characters' houses, the school and the store. Each story was one page long, with one story for every day of the year. January 1 was titled Baby New Year, December 31 was Good-by! Good-by!, and in between we read all about the children who lived on the street with a monkey and a parrot and rabbits...everything a four year old could want! Books have always been precious to me, and I still have my copy of 365 Bedtime Stories. I shared it with my children, just like my brother shared it with me.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Let's start turning the pages...

People often ask me to name my favorite book. This is an impossible question to answer! I have read so many wonderful books. I can't choose just one favorite! My favorite book at age 5 was very different than my favorite at age 50, but both books hold treasured places on my bookshelf and in my heart. Here's what I can do; tell you about my favorite books from different times in my life. Let's start turning the pages...