Monday, September 09, 2013

Mouse's Corner

What better way to celebrate my birthday than by introducing a new feature on my blog? Welcome to Mouse's Corner where I share tidbits about Mouse and talk about what we are reading.  I got the idea from two fellow bloggers I adore: Stacy of Stacy's Books, who writes Weekends with Gage, and Julie from Booking Mama who hosts the Kid Konnection meme. I will be keeping it a rather informal affair.  Some days I may share a conversation between Mouse and myself and other days I may give a brief review of a book we recently read. Occasionally you may find a guest post (volunteers welcome!) in which guests talk about their favorite childhood memory or book or perhaps a bookish story involving a child in their lives. 

To kick off Mouse's Corner, I thought I would share a photo of Mouse's actual reading corner.  Or rather, reading corners.  To be honest, we read just about everywhere in the house.  We even have a few children's books in the bathroom.

Downstairs: 

Upstairs:

Do you have a designated reading corner for your children?  Or did you have one as a child?


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30 comments:

  1. Back when my kids were little, we would pile in their beds and read before they went to sleep. As they got older, we would all pile on the couch and I'd read aloud to them. For awhile we would listen to audios together when we were in the car. Now, though? It just isn't happening anymore, which makes me sad. Between the sports and the homework very little pleasure reading is happening for them :(

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    1. Sandy - We do a lot of reading on beds too. And on the floor. And couches. In the bath. Wherever. LOL

      I imagine Mouse will get there one day in her life--when school and extracurricular activities take up too much time for pleasure reading. I hope not, but I can see how easily it can happen.

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  2. What a great idea. How cute - how old is "mouse" now?

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    1. Diane - Mouse is 2 1/2 now. So big and yet still so little!

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  3. First of all... Happy Birthday :) And secondly, I love this new feature idea.

    Mouse is quite lucky to have such a literary mom... and I am rather jealous of her two well-stocked bookshelves.

    Each of my children had a bookshelf in their own room, and the favorite childhood books were passed along. Bearenstien Bears was at the top of the list (truth be told, we all still love that series...) but there were many others as well.

    Now I have started bookshelves for my 2.5 year old granddaughter and I plan to take her on her first library visit sometime this fall.

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    1. Molly - Thank you!

      I hope Mouse will think she's lucky when she's older. LOL She'll think of me as her crazy book mother.

      Mouse has quite a few books, that's for sure. She has relatives who are big readers too, so she gets lot of bookish gifts for every holiday and everything in between. Plus, she has quite a few of my childhood books on her shelves as well.

      I hope your granddaughter loves the library as much as Mouse does! Mouse knows just where to go in our library to find her books and the sitting area where we can read to her. :-)

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  4. I think this will be precious, Wendy! Your Mouse is such a cutie and we'll all enjoy our time hearing about her world of reading.

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    1. Kay - I hope she'll always love to read. She's at the age right now where books are exciting. I want it to always be that way for her, you know? Only time will tell . . .

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  5. Our son had a bookcase but not a reading corner. I think it's a terrific idea though.

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    1. Kathy - We'd originally gotten the glider so I could nurse her in her room, but it never got used for that. It became a reading chair almost immediately. :-)

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  6. What a lovely feature. I look forward to visiting Mouse's Corner regularly! My kids have a small bookcase in their bedroom, and also two dedicated shelves on the bottom of my larger set of bookcases in the main room of the house, which holds most of my personal library. One is a shelf of board books, for my littlest one, the other is a selection of books from my own collection that are the right age-range for my older daughter to choose from.

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    1. Jeane - It sounds like your kids have a similar set up as Mouse. Her bookcase is in her room and then downstairs we have the shelves for her books and puzzles and some toys and such. I thought of creating space among our shelves in the living room, but we just have too many books. So, she gets her own. She seems happy with the arrangement so far.

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  7. My daughter has a reading window seat but she rarely uses it. I always wanted a window seat when I was a kid and although she sat in it when she was very little, she doesn't do so now, even with her bookshelf right next to it.

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    1. Ti - I would have loved to have a window seat! Still would, actually. :-)

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  8. Mouse is so lucky to have such a wonderful mommy to teach her about books!

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  9. I would LOVE to have a reading corner like that for my kids! Unfortunately, they prefer the "spread everything out" method of storing their books. Ugh!

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    1. Melinda - Mine does too, actually. LOL She's learning to clean up after herself, but mostly the books end up wherever. I took the photos right after I'd finished straightening up. It didn't last long.

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  10. What a great idea! And I love the little reading nook!

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    1. Julie - Thank you! She'll at least grow up knowing books are a significant part of her life. LOL

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  11. I love that you guys have bookshelves upstairs and down for Mouse. We just recently bought a big bookcase for Elle when we upgraded her to "big girl" furniture and I'm so happy to have her books out of baskets on the floor and onto shelves. Though she loves to read the same books over and over and over so those stay on her night table until I hide them (yes, true, mean mom). And I just can't get over how much Mouse looks like you. She is so cute!

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    1. Trish - Haha! You aren't the only parent who does that. I've hidden books I'm tired of reading over and over and over again too. Especially the ones with the little noise buttons you're supposed to push as you read. Not a fan!

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  12. Sooo cuuute!!! I love that you read all over the house :)

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    1. Cass - What's bad is that I have trouble refusing my daughter when she wants me to read to her--even if it isn't the most appropriate time. She's learning that if she wants to stay up a little later, she just has to ask me to read one more book . . . Anything else, it's easy to say no too, but when it comes to reading, it's a struggle.

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  13. What a neat idea! When The Girl was younger we had a bookshelf in her room (which has since become a bigger bookshelf) but we would read anywhere. Glad to see you sharing books with your little girl. :)

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    1. Anna - I still remember the days I was worried she'd never like books. :-)

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  14. Our reading spots changed as the kids grew. Each of them had bookshelves in their rooms but also the big one in the hallway. We did a lot of reading in beds, one on one but also on the sofa so all three of them could be there is we had the right book.

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    1. Lisa - I imagine Mouse's will change as she grows as well. :-) Beds seem to be the most comfortable spots to read, don't they? I know it's my favorite.

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  15. I'm so glad that you are doing this! I love getting the snippets of conversation on FB, but this is even better.
    I used to buy lots of books but these days I tend to check out as many books as possible from the library since we go through them so fast.
    I love Mouses's corners :)

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    1. Stacy - I need to start checking more books out of the library. I got my library card reactivated just for that purpose. We've been going to library just to read the books while there and Mouse seems to enjoy that. Mouse loves to read books over and over and over and over and over again--so I imagine we'll be reading the books she does own for quite a while still even so.

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