I realized Madi's copy of The Cat in the Hat had been given to us at that shower by our beloved friend Emilie, the beautiful bride in whose wedding Madi had the joy of being the flower girl this December. The inscription was dated March 11, 2005...6 years ago today. Pretty special!
Then I found this drawing, depicting some of the characters from this story, in Madi's backpack. She made it during her free time at school. I am always so delighted by what my little artist comes up with! Her little imagination is always working. And her details are fantastic!
We read to our kids almost every single day. I even have this sign hanging in the our playroom...
I think reading opens up another world to all of us, awakens our imaginations, allows our minds to create pictures for us, increases our vocabulary, knowledge, critical thinking, writing skills, and so much more. I grew up in a family where all four of us were avid readers. Growing up my dad always told me readers are leaders and leaders are readers. I believe this is typically true. There is so much learning and discovery at our fingertips when we are holding a book.