Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dear Baby Kimball

Dear Baby Kimball,

Do you know how lucky you are?

Not yet.

Do you know how blessed you are?

Not yet.

Oh, there are so many thousands of things I could tell you about your fortunes and blessings, but today I want to tell you that you are one of the luckiest, most blessed little boys on this earth because you have a momma and a daddy who read to you every. single. day. That, my darling little redhead, will make all the difference in your own world's sphere of experiences, attitudes, outlooks, ambition, everything. Everything.

Someday, I hope you will tell your momma and daddy "thank you" for reading to you. Actually, I KNOW you will someday tell your momma and daddy "thank you" for reading to you, for their reading to you will be, in a large part, what shapes you into the wonderful man you are certain to become. In the meantime, I'll take on that task which is a little difficult for a sweet two-year-old and say, thank you, Momma Ashley and Daddy Jordan, for doing one of the best things you will ever do for my precious grandbaby!

Love you tons,
Grandmama Deedee

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."

— Jorge Luis Borges

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

— Frederick Douglass

"The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read."

— Abraham Lincoln

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall."

— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

— Emilie Buchwald

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

— Groucho Marx

"Teaching reading IS rocket science."

— Louisa Moats

"Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don't need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different."

— Steven Pinker

"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."

— Marilyn Jager Adams

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

— Jacqueline Kennedy

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."

— Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go."

— Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."

— Austin Phelps

"You may have tangible wealth untold. / Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. / Richer than I you can never be – / I had a mother who read to me."

— Strickland Gillilan

"The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't."

— Mark Twain

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."

— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!"

— A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

"The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things."

— Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

And finally, ten points to the person who can name the author of this quote:

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."


Lisa said...

Oh, Grandmama Deedee....this is one of your best posts. I remember Barbara Bush talking about the value of reading to children. She said that when you read to a child you just can't help put your arm around them and envelop them in your love. Isn't it true?

Beth said...

I had to stand on my head, but my correct guess is Walt Disney! (It's hard to keep your glasses on when standing on your head!)

Reading is the best time of day! Reading to a grandchild is the most lovely time of day!

The Morris Family said...

I have to admit that one of my very favorite time of day is when I get to lay in bed with my little girl and read to her. But really have to admit that one of my very favorite time of day is when I am laying in bed and my daughter is reading to me! She seems to pay close enough attention to her father and I when we read to her that she can pretty much tell us the story. I love books! I love that my child has a love of books!

PS. I think the Groucho Marx quote is my favorite.

Ashley said...

We love reading to Kimball! He hasn't ever figured out that it's not something he HAS to do. At this point, he's just enjoying stories more than looking at the letters and words, but it's how you form the habit! Thank you for reading to me as a little girl, and for your nice words. I like all the quotes, too.

Lindsay said...

this is something i wish the parents of all the kids i work with had. so many of them hate to read. i don't understand it, and they don't understand what they are missing!

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"
-Joseph Addison

Alison said...

My heart melts every night when Zeb begs for more books before bed. He might just be trying to postpone going to bed, but what better way than to read more books?!