I’ll never know why my grandma picked two specific books for me the Christmas I was 8 but they started my love of reading that continues to this day. They were Enid Blytons’ “The Treasure Hunters” and Elsie Gambrells’ “All Because of Gina”. I know that I read the Treasure Hunters every year for years. I loved it!! Once my children got older we would read a chapter a night and then they all read it on their own. My oldest son recently asked for it and took it home with him. I know that it holds a lot of memories for them as well as me. I’m looking forward to reading it to my wee grandson when he gets a bit older.
Getting these two books sparked my love of reading and I know I have instilled this into my children and my husband. I remember going into the library and strolling through the aisles looking for the books that were going to spark my imagination. The smell of the books, the hush of the room, the sound of the librarian stamping the little card with the due date and slipping it into the pocket glued to the inside of the book. Sigh!
I continuously have a stack at the side of the bed ready to read before bed or to curl up and read on the weekend. When the kids were younger and we would go to the lake I would stockpile books and magazines to read to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. I would get up at 6am, make a coffee and sit and read for 3 hours until the kids would wake up. Gosh I miss those days 🙂
When a friend has had a baby or now grandbabies, my go to gift is a book bag and some favourite titles. It’s never too early to start reading to our littles!
Here is a little book that I made from a panel I purchased. I made two and gave one to my grandson and one to our dear friends first grandchild. Bright and soft and washable. Best for a first book when they only want to put things in their mouths ha ha.
They turned out so well. Puffy and soft and bright colours.
I can’t take a picture of my beloved “Treasure Hunters” as my son still has it, but here is a picture of “All Because of Gina”. I believe it would have antique status because of its age 😦 haha
Here is the part of the basket that holds Grandma’s “library” for when my little grandson visits. Some of the books are from my kids so they are well loved and well read!
I found this little cloth book in the bottom of a box and it was water stained and dirty. It was one of the first books I bought for my oldest son (28 years old). Nothing a little Oxyclean won’t fix. It’s like new!
Well I’m off to bed to read a few chapters of my latest book. I do have a Kobo but I prefer it for when I’m traveling. I still love the feel of paper and the smell of a book. My absolute favourite gifts are books, pajamas and slippers. Somethings never change 🙂
Pick up a book and start reading or read to someone today. It’s a great way to de-stress, transport your self to another place and time and learn something interesting.
LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤