I love reading and I love sharing that love of reading with Lucas. He has started memorizing sections of his favorite books and loves looking at the art and finding little things. Reading is definitely our happy time. I feel so lucky to have those happy moments because (I’m incredibly paranoid and a professional worrier) I know some people aren’t so lucky.
A few months ago a Twitter thread from an oncologist made the blogging rounds about what he learned from dying children. It’s heart-breaking and the final message is something I think about daily: “Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them.”
At LittleGuide we want to be engaged in the community and for National Reading Month we launched a book drive. We’re asking people to donate a book (it only takes two-clicks from Amazon). Our goal is to collect 500 books that we will donate to Children’s Hospital in Detroit, so that whether families are there for a check-up, ER visit or longer care, they can have something to distract and delight their little ones. I hope you’ll consider sharing your favorite book.
Since the message of reading is to find happiness, I don’t want to end this post talking about kids in the hospital. Here are some fun things about Lucas’ favorite books and links to a couple articles I wrote for LittleGuide for National Reading Month.
- Little Critter was one of my favorite series as a kid and Lucas loves it too! His favorite is Just Me and My Mom
- Every night we read Zootopia and Finding Dory – if he had his way he’d watch both of them every night too…
- The Daniel Tiger book has a bunny that looks like Chester in the background and Lucas points it out every time
We asked our followers to share their favorite books this weekend and the response was impressive. I was also impressed that I had a good number of them on hand for an impromptu photo op.