Mom reads a lot. She reads picture books,
grown up books, blogs, websites, Instagram and Facebook posts,
kiddie magazines, and of course CATalogs. *shiver* I don’t know how to read, but people read to me a lot. Today, Mom and I are counting down about reading.
My Reading Countdown
3. Read-to-a-Pet-Night – Kids come to the library to read to me at Read-to-a-Pet-Night. Sometimes they read dog books, which make me very happy.
Sometimes they read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?. The purple cat scares me, but I try to be brave.
2. Waiting – When Mom is reading, I wait. Eventually, she finishes and then we play or cuddle or go to the park.
At Read-to-a-Pet-Night, I wait for a reader like a good girl – no crying, no playing with the other therapy pets, and no begging for treats when apparently I didn’t do anything to earn them.
8. Listening – When Mom works on her writing, she reads out loud to herself. I listen very carefully, in case there’s anything in there I need to know. Once, I heard the word “dog boots” which scared me because I hate my boots.
But it made me happy at the same time because it meant Mom was writing about a dog!
Mom’s Reading Countdown
3. Read-to-a-Pet-Night – Mom has fun at Read-to-a-Pet-Night. She loves hearing the kids read stories. It reminds her of her teacher days, but without any of the teacher stress or responsibility.
2. Picture books – Mom reads 200 picture books every year. She rates them and keeps count of them on her Goodreads page. Sometimes she reads them at Barnes and Noble.
Sometimes she brings them home from the library and reads them our house. I help her choose the best ones.
74. Listening – Mom is always listening for story ideas. She listens extra hard to moms and kids. She learns names, interests, slang, quirks, and speech patterns from them. She never knows when something will kick in and give her a new story idea. Meanwhile, I can give her all the story ideas she needs…