Days 16 and 17

Day 16: Lego loves books.

One of Lego’s very favorite activities is reading books. We’ll go through stacks of them at a time. Once, I think I read 80% of the books on his shelf in one sitting (phew!). We go to the library every three weeks to get a new stack of books for Lego so that Mom and Dad don’t get tired of reading the same books. Each time we go to the library, he wants to stay for hours just pulling books off the shelf for me to read. And then, when we take “our” books home, he wants to read them at least five times each before bed. He’s starting to memorize parts of books, and he’s starting to enjoy longer books. Here are some of his current favorites:

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland
  • The Little Mouse, the Red, Ripe Strawberry, and the Big, Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood
  • The Clifford Phonics Fun series (much to our chagrin . . . they’re really dumb)
  • Anything about cars or trucks

I would also like to point out that I have been interrupted to read six books while writing this post.

Day 17: I Love Trains

Talking about how much Lego loves books reminded me of his all-time favorite book, I Love Trains by Philemon Sturgis. Man, I hate that book. I mean, yeah, the first few times I read it, it was cute. Now that I have read it (or heard Jon Boy read it) a total of 136,781 times, I don’t love it so much. Also, I will be able to recite it for you when I’m eighty. If you’re still around in 55 years, ask me about it.

The good news is that he seems to be growing out of his obsession with it. We checked it out from the library, once again, three weeks ago. This time, though, he seemed to focus on other books to read over and over and over. Maybe he’s finally getting bored with it too.

(Four books read while finishing the post, bringing the grand total to 10.)


  1. Alexander picks out weird books at the library, too. Once he grabbed a Pokemon book (bleh), and he wanted me to read it over and over. How did he know about Pokemon?

  2. I love how much so many little kids are into books. Sounds like he’s going to be a great reader. He’s got great taste in books–although I can’t imagine reading the same book 100,000 times over. You have great patience.

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