This week I started reading the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. However, I don't read fast enough and have to stop too frequently due to having to change nappies and make dinner. So, Will and Mary decided to start reading them all by themselves. They have been reading in the car, draped over the chairs in the living room, and by flashlight after bedtime. They can't hear me when I call them for meals they are so absorbed in their reading.
When these two were toddlers I recall envying another homeschooling mom with teens when she remarked, "we spent the whole afternoon reading, it was so quiet I could hear a pin drop." Now, I seem to have my own voracious readers and I am thrilled. There have been fewer quarrels this week since the two are "out of action."
What is going to happen when they finish the series? I have been preparing for this moment for several years with bookcases filled with such favorites as Anne of Green Gables, the OZ books, and all the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. I must have thousands of children's books just waiting for eager readers to be absorbed and noiseless.