Reading Really Is Fundamental

By Vonnie Drudy
With all of the recent snow-mania and freakin-freezing-record-setting weather we’ve been dealing with as of late, nothing sounds better than cuddling up in a soft, warm wubbie with your baby or toddler and sharing a good book. I seem to recall that before the epidural had even had a chance to wear off after the birth of my first baby, I had signed up for automatic deliveries of Dr. Seuss books. In retrospect, this was one of the best things I could have done for myself and for my baby!

I asked my firstborn, now almost 22, what she remembers as some of her favorites from the Seuss shipments, and she readily recalled “The Foot Book”, “Horton Hatches the Egg”, and “Are You My Mother?”, penned by P.D. Eastman. We also reminisced about some of our other favorite books from her childhood:

  • “Goodnight Moon”, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • “Love You Forever”, by Robert Munsch
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”, by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • “Guess How Much I Love You”, by Sam McBratney
  • “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • “The Rainbow Fish”, by Marcus Pfister
  • “Time For Bed”, by Mem Fox
  • “Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks from A to Z”, by Richard Scarry
  • “Corduroy”, by Don Freeman

This list could literally go on for pages since our family’s library grew weekly (“Hi, I’m Vonnie, and I’m a shopaholic”)! In my research for this post, I found an article entitled Building Baby’s First Library: 25 Must-Have Books on Parenting.com and I was gratified to see that many of our beloved tales had made this list.

Books have always been one of my favorite gifts to give, too: cookbooks for Mom, Auto-Biographies for Grandpa and Motivational/Self-Help books for me (from Santa, of course)! When my kids graduated from high school, I gave them and their best friends another Dr. Seuss book to add to their collection: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. I sincerely hope this Dr. Seuss “shipment” starts or continues to foster a love of reading for all those kids, and their kids to come.

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

-Dr. Seuss, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

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