When I realized that National Booklover’s Day was on August 9th this year, I smiled to myself. You see, although there are 365 days in a year, this particular day is very special to me. It is the day I gave birth to my daughter, and in a sense, to my protagonist Dani as well.  So it seemed the perfect pairing for this week’s blog. 

There is just something about books that opens one’s imagination. So it was quite natural of me to want to share my own love of reading with my daughter. And yes, that is Danielle pictured above with what was one of her many board books. As you can see, she quickly followed in my footsteps and developed her own love of reading, which is why I thought it would be fun to ask my daughter what literature meant to her as a child. As an adult, she is now an integral part of the Dani P. Mystery team so I thought you might enjoy her insight and perspective.

I hope you will join me as we jump onto the #BookLuvHop Blog Tour in honor of a very special day—of courseI’ll let you decide if I’m speaking about her birthday or Book Lover’s Day!

Meet the real ‘Dani’

DPLHello Sweetheart and welcome! I’d like to thank you for joining me for today’s blog. Before we start celebrating your big day and get to the cake and ice cream, I’m curious, can you share either your earliest memory of books with our readers or perhaps your favorite memory?

I’m so happy to be featured on your blog–thanks for having me! I’ll tell you one of my earliest reading “lessons.” Big surprise (!), I loved mystery early chapter books as a kid. One of my favorite series was the Scooby Doo books; I was obsessed with the stories, the shows, and the games! I remember one day I was reading through a Scooby Doo mystery when the uncontrollable urge to peek in the back of the book took over me. I did so, and discovered the villain. The spoiler upset me so much, I remember crying to you that I had ruined the story. From that point on, I have never peeked ahead in a story. Spoilers are my biggest pet peeve!

For you, what is it about literature that you find so appealing?

Well, first and foremost it has been something that I have always been surrounded with. I was an introverted kid, and the only child living in the neighborhood. That equaled a lot of time to learn to amuse myself, and books were such a simple solution to fill my time. You know the spiel–reading takes you to far off places and into limitless situations. My reading would lead to hours of playing pretend. When I was through with that, I remember sitting at the kitchen table day after day drawing and writing new stories on scratch pieces of copy paper. It was an outlet for my restlessness, and reading helped exercise my creative muscles.

A WrinkleAs I got older, reading also became a surefire way to connect with others. “You love the A Wrinkle in Time? I love A Wrinkle in Time! Let’s talk about it!” Some of my richest conversations and most meaningful memories include a friend and a good book.

I also adore how literature knows no boundaries–there’s excitement when the human mind puts pen to paper. Every day authors break and bend genres–and media. While in college, I fervently argued how literature extends beyond the page in a book. Literary merit can be found in a song, a script, a comic panel, an interactive game, etcetera, etcetera. Literature evolves as society and humanity does–that might be what’s most appealing to me.

What books did you enjoy and what would you recommend?

monster1The Monster at the End of this Book
By Jon Stone and Michael Smollin
Preschool – 2 years
Hardcover:  24 pages

The Monster at the End of this Book remains one of my favorite children’s stories. It stars my favorite Sesame St. character haplessly searching for the monster at the end of the book, with a fun–albeit predictable–twist at the end.

I had forgotten about this story for a number of years, until this past year I had stumbled upon “The Monster” at a secondhand book store while shopping with my boyfriend. As I grabbed it, happy tears surprised me as I remembered all the times I had spent reading the book with my

[great] Grandmother when I was young. Obviously, we took it home that night!

NeverendingThe Neverending Story
By Michael Ende
10 and up
Grade:  5 and up
Paperback – 448 pages

I’m probably not alone when I say I was obsessed with the movie, The Neverending Story. Fantasy, danger, and characters you just don’t want to say goodbye to–there’s nothing better. Well, reading this book in middle school was probably my first experience with the phenomena, “It’s better than the movie!”

My copy of The Neverending Story is well worn, and I couldn’t guess the number of times I have read it in one sitting. If you think you know The Neverending Story, but know nothing about Grograman and the Desert of Colors (my favorite arc in the story), I suggest you pick up the book!

GraduationHaving graduated with a double major, one of which was in English, what part do you feel early literacy played in your academic success?

If I had to guess, literacy played a part in my success because it stimulated my mind from an early age. I was expanding my vocabulary, processing complex themes, and applying those lessons to my schoolwork. Plus, I think it helped develop my personality and my values. My love of reading definitely made me a more focused and empathetic person, which is always a boon to have.

If you could offer one piece of advice to children, what would it be?

Just Read


Before I head off to light the birthday candles, I would like to thank my daughter for being my special guest today. Some of my favorite memories are of us cuddled up and reading together. There is something about bonding with your child over a book. It creates memories that neither of you will forget. And who knows, someday, it may even make you decide to pen your own. 

Happy reading,

K. Lamb

 

For more National Book Lover’s Day Blog Lovin’ on the #BlogLuvHop be sure to checkout these #Gr8Blogs:

Cat Michaels – Cat’s Corner

Auden Johnson – Dark Treasury

Carmela Dutra – A Blog for Your Thoughts

JD Holiday – JD’s Writers Blog

Julie Gorges – Baby Boomer Bliss

David Chuka – David Chuka, Children’s Book Author

Rhonda Paglia – Rhonda Paglia, Children’s Author

Rosie Russell – Kidlit Blog by Rosie

Sandra Bennett – Sandy’s Story Chair

 

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