"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel


Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.

Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

16 June 2010

Father's Day Special Feature :: Interview with My Hubby, Jeremy!!!

In honor of Father's Day 2010 this coming Sunday, I have been devoting this week's blog posts to all things fatherly!!! Why?? Because FATHERS ROCK!!!

I wanted to showcase the most important man in my life ... my wonderful husband, Jeremy - the father of our four little blessings - Elijah, Callan, Aedan, and Naomi. 

Enjoy getting to know him - he is truly incredible!

(Isn't he cute handsome gorgeous???)

I had so much fun interviewing my own husband about his experiences with literature!! He enjoyed it, too!!

Q.  What was your favorite children's picture book as a child ... and why?

How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head (Sandpiper Books)

My favorite picture book was (and still is) How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet.  I felt that it was very innocent, kind, and showed understanding.  I appreciated the fact that the book demonstrated the value of life in animals.

Q.  What was your favorite children's chapter book as a child ... and why?

The Chronicles of Narnia Movie Tie-in Box Set Prince Caspian (rack)

It was definitely The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  I liked the Christian values exhibited in the books, specifically, respect for the reader's own manner of worship. 

Q.  How has being a father affected your attitude towards reading and/or literacy?

It has refocused the importance of literacy to me.  Since my wife [that's me, Mary Elizabeth!] was a teacher before staying home with our children, she has always communicated the importance of literature to me in regards to learning, self-esteem, and future potential in our children.  The free-thinking and creative ideas that only books can introduce to our children is invaluable!

Q.  As an adult, do you have any new favorite children's books?

The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
The Tunnels Series by Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Fablehaven (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow PlagueThe Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of MulgrathTunnelsHarry Potter Box Set

Q.  When did you develop a love for reading?

I developed a love for reading in college, when I began taking courses related to my areas of study, specifically history.  World history, religious history, and religion most interested me in my reading endeavours. I also developed an interest in children's literature through my wife as she studied Elementary Education.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about reading to your children?

I love their enthusiasm for reading! I especially love hearing them say, "Daddy, read me a book!" and having them bring it [the book] to me.

Q.  And just for fun...please describe yourself in six words!







**Thank you so much, Jeremy, for sharing a part of yourself with my readers!!! I love you!!**

Clue #2 for Mystery Friend Friday:  The mystery author / illustrator can be found in this interview!!

Come back tomorrow for a special Father's Day Giveaway!!!

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