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'Tis the Season for Reading

Nux Gallica's trophy shelf is a sight to behold during this first semester of first grade! Just kidding. She doesn't have one. But if she did, it would boast two framed Golden Warrior of the Week certificates, signed by the principal, for most excellent behavior in the 1st - 4th grade bracket, alongside two baby-animal-shaped badges for large amounts of time spent reading (or listening to) books at home.

I'm tickled by these awards because up until this year, sitting quietly with a book was not one of her favorite activities. And I loved my chatterbox wild child rocket-fueled NASA nerd with all my heart.


This fall, however, she has proven to be my daughter as well as her daddy's. We've been reading books together for up to two hours a day, on top of the reading we do apart while she's at school. During these cozy autumn evenings warmed by oven baking and woodstove fires, Nux reads me children's picture books, and I read her my vintage Calvin and Hobbes comics and chapter books. (Hiddensee on the top of the stack there is just for Mama to read silently as Nux drifts off into dreams of magic carpet rides with tigers.)

It's a holiday dream come true for this book-lovin' mama! (Even if Yukon Ho! is not my actual top pick for Yukon-related books I could be reading right now.)

What's on your shelf this season?

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