Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 30: Sharing

It’s Day 30 of my November series of farm kid stories.  (I did it!)  Thirty days of reading, writing… and also sharing.

A good friend from work shared the next book with me.  Nope, this book isn’t a picture book. It's a great read for an adult who has a chance to read to little ones. 

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma tells the story of a father who reads aloud to his 4th grade daughter for 100 consecutive nights.  They then decide to start “The Streak” where her dad reads every night until Alice goes to college. 

It’s a true book, and author Alice Ozma’s website includes suggestions for starting your own reading streak.  

Another co-worker friend shared a favorite children’s book author with me when she gifted a trio of Sandra Boynton’s board books at my baby shower.  And then another friend at work let me borrow the last books of the The Hunger Games trilogy.   (Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you.)

Books are meant to be discussed, shared and occasionally used as a doorstop (when you didn’t find the read too interesting.)

To get me to my official “30” farm kid stories, I’ll share two books we want to read soon.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Author Judi Barrett
Illustrator Ronald Barrett
Ages 9-12
32 Pages

Grow Your Own Pizza
Author Constance Hardesty
Illustrator Ronald Barrett
Ages 9-12
128 Pages


Thinking back to my Day 12: Call to Action post: I’m not necessarily reading to G in an effort for him learn to read.  I mean, I do want him to read (and I desire literacy for others.)  But I really want my G to reach his fullest potential.

What if there is a child out there… who will grow up and help discover a cure for childhood cancer, mitochondrial disease or even the common cold? 

Or maybe if a child is read to, it will simply keep them out of trouble.  Maybe G will grow up and become an average-Joe citizen.  I’d be happy with that.  Every book I open and read to him would be worth it if it gave him some opportunity.       

Does this make sense?  It’s not exactly about literacy to me… it’s more of an unlocking of potential. It’s helping a child think differently. It’s something I believe in.  It’s the reason why I share books with others. 

Will you share reading with someone today? 


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Day 1: One Moment

Day 2: Perfect Pizza
Day 3: Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful
Day 5: One Fast Grower
Day 6: Farmer Seuss
Day 7: Just One Cookie?
Day 8: Frowns Turn into Smiles
Day 9: BOO-HA

Day 10: Big Red Barn
Day 11: Magic with Vegetables

Day 12: Call to Action
Day 13: BOOM
Day 14: Ponies and Cowboys
Day 15: Value to our Trees
Day 16: Tractor Time
Day 17: Wishing for a Washing
Day 18: United Tweets
Day 19: Popcorn Pops
Day 20: Busy Places
Day 21: Peas Please
Day 22: Thankful
Day 23: Splashes of Ink
Day 24: Fantastic Machines
Day 25: Secrets of Quilts

Day 26: L is for Lincoln
Day 27: Christmas Trees
Day 28: Generations
Day 29: Beans

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.


  1. love this Lauren. thanks for sharing the Reading Promise, that was an amazing book and brought back many memories of reading to Shan, even though we didn't do what they did. Also, I think the doorstop book may have been mine to :)

  2. Thank you Jerri! I love that book too. I can't stop laughing about the book you propped open your door with. Yup it's you! We can't like every book. So true!

  3. I love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

    Congrats on your 30 day accomplishment!