Friday, August 19, 2011

Bedtime Reading...

We have a lot of books. Not as many as I'd like (own personal library) but more than our home can reasonably handle at one time.  So, we do a bit of 'cycling some in and out of rotation. Once out of rotation, it either makes it to the garage for later re-introduction into cycle or to the thrift store drop box.

Recently, I 'cycled' out a crapload some of the licensed character books. For the life of me I don't know how they multiply, but they do. It's the opposite of the missing sock phenomenon. Next time I should try just putting the books in the drying and see if the disappear.

After cleaning out the 2 book shelves and two baskets of books- gratefully- he made his bed time reading choices,  3 that we've read before, but seemed to get hidden by those dang procreating licensed character books.

Prepare yourself- this was a proud Mommy moment.

Love these books. All of them. (Love is a strong word for books- especially the little zebra one it still has a clear and fun message)  But, what is that? you ask? Is that a "Father and Son" book? gasp.


Single caucasian mom bought, her son, a Father and Son book depicting black fathers and sons! Huh? Weird choice? Odd choice. Maybe


But I saw this book, in a little bookstore in Andover Mass (Thank you sistah for the gift card). It is beautiful. The illustrations are striking and come alive (my photos do no justice!). I decided, right then and there, that if I was going to show my son how families are made up of all different combinations than I couldn't hide the father thing or the 'oops. Mommy's not black' thing. (He actually calls me orange this time of year, but I digress). More importantly, he sees a black man, as a father. An image of what he may one day be.

For some reason, I still find it an odd choice. But one I'm very glad I made.



5 comments:

Liz said...

I think it's a great choice, for all the reasons you give! Love it!

Paula said...

I know what you mean about the licensed character books... I have six kids... you can do the math for yourself. :) Anyway, those all look like wonderful books. I really like the one we have called "E is for Ethiopia". Sadly, it is now out of print. We have quite a few Africa/Ethiopia themed books, but none of these. I might look for some of these for Thomas.

Annie said...

That looks like a beautiful book. Actually all 3 of those do. Thanks for the tips! We need to cycle out the character books too...

los cazadores said...

I love books with amazing illustrations too - like all of Kadir Nelson's books.

Laurie said...

Have you ever tried books by Ezra Jack Keats? "The Snowy Day" was a favorite of ours when my daughter was little. The illustrations are so lovely....