It’s #FridayReads with Albert Whitman Staffers! Today our Marketing Manager, Annette Hobbs Magier, is filling us in on what she’s currently reading:
As I thought about what I was going to post this week for #FridayReads, I found myself getting a little depressed. I used to read A LOT. Like, all the time and everything—NYTimes best sellers, classics for the second or third time, YA novels, middle grade (my fave!), graphic novels, you name it. I even used to be in a few book clubs at once! Then, about 2 years ago, I had a baby and, well, reading for pleasure kind of went down the toilet. There was a period of time where the thought of reading was so exhausting, that I even stopped picking up ARCs at trade shows.
But then, my baby turned a corner. She started paying attention to the actual words in her little board books and before I knew it, she was finishing the stanzas in Jamberry and The Little Blue Truck as I read each page.
Now, on the cusp of her 2nd birthday, she’s finally able to sit through an entire picture book without trying to chew the corners or tear the pages into oblivion (thank goodness because somehow my signed copies of Kevin Henke’s Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and A Good Day have made it into her regular rotation!) AND she’s actually paying attention to the story.
So, what are we reading in the Hobbs Magier household these days? Every single night for the last three weeks we’ve read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. She requests it every single night. Her favorite part is when Max shouts, “Be still!” at the Wild Things and tames them with the trick of staring into their yellow eyes. I love the way she shouts, “Be still!” when we get to that page (and sometimes she shouts “Be still!” while she’s eating her dinner or playing with her toys, which is always a little hilarious and strange).
Our other selections usually rotate between Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Hello, Goodbye Window, and The Ghosts Go Haunting. And you know what? It’s not depressing at all—it’s awesome! I feel like I’m starting my reading journey all over again with fresh eyes. I can’t wait to break into the Roald Dahl collection with her!