On Bedtime Stories

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“You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson — she’s probably the top — Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.” -Maurice Sendak author and illustrator

I adore children’s books. The tactile experience of handling a book, sharing a story, taking in the illustrations, warm snuggles before falling asleep it’s easily a highlight in my daily routine. I don’t mind an e-reader for my own use but when it’s story time with Oliva it has to be a page turner, literally. Anything involving Maurice Sendak’s work is preferable.

Do you like e-readers? Do you have a favorite childhood author/illustrator?

18 thoughts on “On Bedtime Stories

  1. I think I carried Richard Scarry’s “Year of Very Scarry Stories” everywhere I went as a little kid. Apparently I really liked Lowly Worm and Goldbug. 🙂

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    1. I have a Lowly Worm figurine somewhere. Oliva has claimed it as her own so it could be anywhere. I’ll have to take a snap of it for you, when I find it. 😉 I love Richard Scarry too!

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  2. There was a time I didn’t want anything to do with e-readers. However, many of my blogging pals have self-published on Amazon and that’s the only way I can read their work. I admit it’s convenient having my book with me at all times on my phone. It’s easier to read in bed at night as I have a lit screen to view and I don’t have to keep the lights on just so I can see the page. Still, I find it oddly discomforting that I don’t physically OWN the books.

    So I guess I still haven’t decided yet…

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    1. I’m in the weeds with you on this. I find the convenience of technology appealing but the consumption feels cold. Sure it’s light and portable and yes easy to read in bed. So I think I’m sticking to it when it comes to my choice of fiction but at story time with my daughter it’s gotta be old school style printed word.

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  3. I love this picture, and I agree w/ you about kid’s books. At one point, I thought it would be fun to write or illustrate for them. I don’t have an e-reader and don’t see it in the distant future. Like you said, it’s the tactile. I stare at screens all day anyway. I buy a lot of $1-3 books at the used bookstore and go through them and donate them back to the store. Cheap and easy breezy Cover Girl. And no Starbuck’s temptation…

    But I do admit it creeps me a bit at church when I bring my Bible and others simply pull their phones out. I guess you digest it however you can. I’m old school. P.S. I still don’t get Emily Dickinson.and all those dashes.

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    1. You know I am a fan of easy breezy Cover Girl! I like Dickinson’s haphazard approach to writing. She doesn’t always make sense to me either. But that’s art, isn’t it? Do you have a favorite book from your childhood Kerbey? I think my favorites were those Little Golden Books with the gold foil spine. The Little Engine that Could, The Pokey Little Puppy, and anything involving Richard Scarry.

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      1. I loved The Pokey Little Puppy and Scarry and Shel Silverstein and Where The Wild Things Are. My mom worked in a library, so I could spend hours there at a time. I also had Free To Be You And Me, a maroon album with a storybook included, which was very addictive at a young age. I could still sing all those songs by heart.

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  4. I was fortunate enough to not have e-readers as a choice while sitting my darling daughter on my lap for ‘Goodnight Moon.’ Now, still, I choose the true page-turner, Sandra. I am a library-goer for the hard cover of many authors. Next up is Michael Connelly’s latest novel, “The Gods of Guilt.”

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    1. I need to get Oliva to the library. I loved visiting the library with my mom, choosing my own books, comparing our choices when we got home. Michael Connelly sounds interesting! I am trying to get my dad to read 11/22/63 (review below) so we can talk about it. He is a Stephen King fan and a music lover too. Those little details in a book are my favorite.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/books/review/11-22-63-by-stephen-king-book-review.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

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    1. It is comforting and familiar to cradle a real book in your hands, I agree Dora. I wonder how Oliva and your grandkids will prefer to read when they are adults.

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  5. When I was pregnant, my mom bought me a vintage book illustrated by Maurice Sendak called A Hole Is To Dig. It’s made up of quotes from children that define words (e.g. “A brother is to play ball” and such.) It’s totally charming.

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