30 March 2012

It's a Book Party!

Our neighbor recently brought by a huge collection of books for the Agents. Some she used in her preschool classroom, others belonged to her now teenage boys. I cannot even express how thrilled they were with this windfall. They stayed up late perusing them that first night, and then E spent a good part of the next day organizing them and stacking them and flipping through them and reading them to J and A. 

Look at all those books
It made for a great book party. Heck, with the over 80 (!) new books we now own, we can have dozens of book parties.

What's a book party? This is just our silly term for hanging out in the living room with a pile of books.

I'm not really sure how or why we started calling it that, but the Agents love it, and even Agent A will go over and grab his favorite little chair and plop down and start munching on a nice board book.

We go to the library every Friday and stock up on a new selection of books for the upcoming week. I help the process along by choosing several for her to browse rather than expecting her to narrow down the choices on her own.

Book party at Gatwick Airport, London
I love that Agent E enjoys reading so much because I believe it's one of the most important things she can learn, and I hope her siblings follow in her footsteps. A book party is our fun way to motivate them to read a variety of books without required "reading time" each day.

7 comments:

  1. my daughter shares my love of books. Now she has a little brother, she even 'reads' to him and when she asks me to read to her, we never stop at one book, so guess we have book parties too!

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    1. One of my favorite memories is 4.5-year-old E reading a Clifford the Big Red Dog book to 3-month-old A lying beside her on the floor. He is totally captivated by every word. (I almost used that photo for this post, but didn't.)

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  2. What a fun idea! I can remember my daughter reading to her younger brothers and having books spread out all around her. She's 18 now and heading off to college soon. My...how time flies!

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  3. I think calling anything a "party" is a win with kids! I'm going to have to try a book party now. :)

    I love how much Mikko loves books. If we're at the library, he'll zoom around scooping up most of the children's books the librarians have put on display. I like that they're pre-selected for us!

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  4. Look at all those books, what a nice gift! Love the picture of reading at the airport. We carry books along with us everywhere!

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  5. Heh! Book party! Love it. My daughter likes to bring all of her books into one room and then sit and "read" through them all. What a collection too. Wow! 80 free books. That ought to keep The Agents busy...for a day or two! ;)

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  6. Ah, I DREAM of a day when someone brings me 80 new books!

    Totally going to steal the term 'book party' ~ we do much the same thing, but we've never had a snappy name for it. 'Book party' it is, from now on.

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