1. You recognize that PBS programming is outrageously funny and slightly subversive. For example, Neil Gaiman and others guest-starred on the Arthur TV series. In addition parodies of South Park, Beavis and Butthead and other shows that grown-ups watch slid into Arthur-writing . You also know the fun fact that Arthur is the second most popular, long-run show just behind the Simpsons.
|Photo Credit: Redwood Shores Library Paws for Tales Neil Gaiman Book|
|Photo Credit: Redwood Shores Library Wetlands Interactive Exhibit|
|Photo Credit: Redwood Shores Redwood City Library Storytelling Room|
|Photo Credit: Paws for Tales Kids Read to Therapy Dogs at San Mateo Libraries|
|Photo Credit: SmartyGirl Seaside Cafe Green Tea Latte and Mexican Torta|
You let your child mature by defending boundaries, expressing expectations, and negotiating with humor and respect. For example, he/she may say, “I don’t like the way dad’s sardine and avocado sandwich smells but he likes to eat like celebrity chef Alton Brown. Not everybody has to be the same as me. I prefer a Mexican torta with arugula.”
|Photo Credit: Whale Puppet Stage at Redwood Shores Library|
|Photo Credit: Amazon.com The Grouchy Ladybug|
On my off-time, I love to give parents a break and spell-bind their kids for 15 minutes or so with silly books such as The Grouchy Ladybug or The Tushy Book.
Did your parents train you to love to read?
My mom emigrated to the United States for college. She was a mini-skirt wearing free-spirit mom who swooped up bunches of kids books that rebellious librarians displayed as banned books. So librarians shaped a good part of my intellectual life. My dad read for information. He liked business news.
How did school encourage reading?
My second-grade elementary school classroom had an unbelievably awesome indoor treehouse where kids could use as a reading nook if we finished desk work early. That’s how I learned my multiplication tables so quickly. I did math speed tests so I can get to the good stuff, reading.
Reading went well with my enjoyment of children’s theater troupes and local light opera singers who came to our school. It was a break from the ordinary business of mechanical pencils and class president candidates who would promise us more vending machines with bubble gum soda. Yuck.