I take my job of raising readers very seriously., both as an educator and as a parent. I’m sure it seems like a no-brainer, but it hasn’t been as easy as I would have wished. My oldest fought being a reader/ book-lover like crazy. She was the classic unengaged reader from second grade through the beginning of fourth–always picking books that were too challenging, giving them up after a week or two, and blaming the book for bring “boring”.
Now as a rising sixth grader, she has had the time of her life this weekend at ALA10 with me- meeting her two favorite authors, collecting advanced review copies for teacher friends of mine, (and some for herself), taking photos of the cake that looked like a stack of books ( and eating a piece), getting free stickers for her former elementary teachers, and more…
The exhibition tickets were $25 each, it took a tank of gas to get there, we shared a hotel room with a librarian friend for two nights, we bought some hardbacks for $5 a piece to have autographed, and we’ll see some museums tomorrow ( for free).
I would have spent more than that to take my child to King’s Island or some water park.