Thursday, April 25, 2013

Read This Article

I'm a day (or two or three) behind in my reading of the New York Times and so it wasn't until this morning that I happened upon this article in yesterday's paper.  In it, a a father writes about how he is packing up his now-teenagers' picture books.  But it's much more than that.  It's about how packing up picture books is a way of saying good-bye to your children's childhoods, it's an elegy for Eden Ross Lipson, the late New York Times Book Review's children book editor, it's a review of several picture books, only one of which I've ever heard of, it's a discussion of how to match a child to a book.  I'm going to put every book he recommends at the library on hold immediately, and not think about the day when it might be time for me to pack up my children's picture books.


  1. I've discovered that what helps, when needing to say goodbye to those childhood favourites, is to find exactly the right child to gift them to. Suddenly it becomes cause for celebration rather than commiseration.

  2. I feel quite smug. My kids are 14 and 12 and I still read to them. And we now have a family book club that involves chapter books and a monthly sushi dinner.

  3. What a nice idea, Susan! I hope to still be reading to my kids at those ages too, Beth. Good for you!