Ever since I read Lauren Donovan’s “Embracing the Nerdy” post which took readers back to her 8th birthday party, I’ve been thinking about the role reading can and should play when kids gather together for slumber parties. I know my friends and I never read books at slumber parties when we were in elementary and middle school. However, as a literacy specialist, Lauren’s post sang to me. I thought it was cute, but I couldn’t imagine suggesting it to my daughter and her future friends when she becomes old enough to host slumber parties at our home. However, if it’s initiated by my daughter or her friends, then I won’t be stopping it!
That being said, my best friend and her family spent the weekend with us. Saturday was spent trying to stay cool in our house, at a nearby swimming pool, and in a restaurant. Today we braved the heat at Dutch Wonderland. However, yesterday’s heat wave and today’s theme park, something magical happened between our toddlers. After they fought over most of the toys in the house, they sat down and “read” together. Isabelle grabbed one of her favorites, Bizzy Bear: Let’s Get to Work! by Benji Davies, off of the coffee table’s shelf. Addy, my friend’s daughter, grabbed The City ABC Book by Zoran Milich. Then, as the series of photographs my husband took of the two of them illustrate, Isabelle shared Bizzy Bear with Addy. In fact, from the pile that I found on the floor after the two of them went to sleep, it seems like they were passing a lot of books back and forth.
I hate to say it, but I missed the entire reading event. I was upstairs changing into my p.j.’s before putting Isabelle down to sleep. My husband witnessed it. Thankfully he took some pictures of the toddlers together, enjoying some books and some quiet time before they went to sleep. I’m so glad I was able to witness the two of them initiating reading together thanks to his quick thinking when he grabbed the camera.