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Even before my daughter could talk, our bedtime routine would be extended time and time again as she’d bring me another book, then another. She’s never been good at taking no for an answer.

She loves stories. Whether we’re making them up on the fly, or reading them out of books. She can never have enough.

biracial siblings

Recently we started (and just as quickly finished) reading The Princess in Black. A friend of mine recommended it to us since she likes princesses. It’s a short chapter book with photos, about a princess who is also a super hero (but no one knows this, because it’s her secret). She fights monsters and saves the day. So adorable, and easy to read. Lil’ J was hanging onto every word. We read half the book before bed and she brought the book to me while I was still in bed the next morning to finish.

The Princess in Black

I hope her love for reading never fades. Reading can take you to around the world. We are also reading Anna Hibiscus. A book about a biracial girl who is half Canadian half African. Not as quick of a read, but also cute, and full of information that keeps Lil’ J asking questions.

She’s started to enjoy “reading” books to her brother. Brown Bear Brown Bear and Moo Baa La La La she has memorized, and she’ll help me read them to him before bed.

One afternoon I snapped some photos of the two of them fawning over a train book together. They were so stinkin’ adorable. You can see the rest of this siblings cuteness on my Tampico is Color blog.


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Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

I love seeing children that have a love for reading! I am always encouraging my kids to read more.

Pam says:

Your daughter sounds a lot like mine. She still loves reading, and she’s grown now!

Helene Cohen Bludman says:

It is great that your daughter loves reading and books. The Princess in Black sounds really cute.

Lorane says:

You can already tell she will be more interested in the Arts… keep reading to her even when you are tired 🙂 It will be rewarded in her grades later on in life

Rosey says:

Aw I love that she’s reading to her brother a bit now too. my first grader reads to everyone who will listen. Sometimes he gets his scooter and grabs a book and circles our library while reading out loud. Cracks me up. 🙂

WendysHat says:

I have always loved story time with children. My love for their books has led me to be a collector of childrens literature. Happy to see you reading with them. Every child deserves this.

Shauna s. says:

Thats so great that she loves reading time. That princess book looks cute, I will have to get that for my daughter.

Debbie L. says:

I always read to my daughter and she now reads to her children. Priceless memories.

What great memories! I hope my son and daughter remember this forever too.

I miss the days of reading to my kids. I love that I’ve raised readers and think it’s so great when children are encouraged to love books from a young age.

So happy to hear your kids still love it!

Sounds like a really cute read. I like how this embraces children’s family and heritage.

Definitely a perk I like about the Anna Hibiscus series mama!

AnitaBreeze says:

It’s great to foster a love of books in kids this age. My mom read to me all the time and I was reading full books very early. I loved all the Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon detective mysteries and I would go through a book like that every weekend in second grade.

That’s awesome Anita, I’ll have to check some of those out soon for my daughter.

carol bryant says:

i admire that you are encouraging reading. I know my love of books came as a kid and going to the library.

Jana says:

I absolutely love how you read to your kids! I do the same. Some of our best moments together are reading. My daughter is 7 and is still a ravenous reader. She is in the first grade reading books that are 4th grade reading level. I love to share her excitement for reading. She learning so much! Keep up the great work!

That’s so good to hear that your 7-year-old still loves reading with you. I hope we have the same experience.

lisa says:

I started reading to my kids when they were babies (and in the womb). Thankfully they picked up my love for reading and they also love it!

Aww, that’s so good to hear Lisa! I hope my kids are the same way.

Janeane Davis says:

It is wonderful to teach our children to learn to love to read and appreciate the beauty and power of words.

I pray they always love it Janeane.

Kerri says:

My girls love to read. I love when kids are excited to read and families read together.

Krystal says:

We are working on reading with my toddler every day! HE loves to flip through the pages and buy new books!

Aww, does he have a favorite? My son won’t let me put him down for a nap or bedtime without a couple readings of Brown Bear Brown Bear. haha.

Salma says:

Oh my gosh, she has really grown up. I think reading is a TRUE gift!

We love reading at bedtime and ever since my son was a toddler he’s always asked for one more 🙂 Now that he has a baby sister he loves reading to her. I can’t wait till she’s older so they can read to each other. Your little ones are adorable and it seems like they truly enjoy reading together 🙂

They love it. Even though it’s just “pretending” to read, or reading memorized books, it’s so cute seeing them do it together.

My children have just started finally getting along enough to settle on one play activity. I need to capture more moments of them together.

Oh yea! Sneak up on them while they least suspect it.

jessica m says:

This looks like a book my daughter would love, thanks for sharing

Debbie Denny says:

Story time are good memories. Ones that will last.

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