After taking two summers away from the Willie Morris Library Summer Reading Program (due to ninth-month-pregnancy and impending surgery, respectively), we signed up once again. Probably exactly like every other library in the country, they give out forms to the kids who participate, and the families keep track of every book they read to their kids -- or the kids read by themselves -- during the month of June. In early July, there is a big party, and the top three readers in each category (Independent Readers and Family Readers) get trophies. Last time we did this (summer 2005), Lillie and Harlan won 2nd and 3rd place in the Family Readers category. This year, we signed Lillie up as an Independent Reader! She read 10 books a day during the month of June, totaling a whopping 303 books! She won first place in her category!
(Yes, that is Wes behind her ... he took a couple of hours away from school to come! Lillie was so diligent and excited to write down all of her books that it was a big deal and he had to be there!)
I tried to read 10 books to Harlan and Sophie each day, to keep up with Lillie, but it was HARD with two very wiggly, very distracted, very hyper kiddos! Harlan had 252 books on his list! First place in his category!!
And let's not forget our Sophie, who also loves her books!! Her list had 239 books, which won her second place!
This may seem slightly dorky ... but Lillie had so much fun reading and seeing the big list of the books she had read that she now has a goodreads account! If you're on there, make sure to add her as a friend ...