Last night, as I was reading with my daughter, I remembered an idea that I read in a magazine years ago.
It was one of those things that I tucked away in the back of my mind for someday when I have grandkids.
This grandmother made a monthly package that she sent to her grandkids who lived in a different state. Now, I sincerely hope that all of my future grandkids live nearby so that I can see them regularly, but, even if they do, I still think this would be a fun idea.
The grandma would tape record herself reading a picture book. I want to say that it was even complete with some kind of “turn the page when you hear this sound” thing. Of course, these days you’d have to learn how to make a CD recording of yourself. No telling what it will be when I have grandkids.
Anyway, she’d record herself reading the book, then, she’d pack up the recording, a copy of the book, and some related activity. For example, if the book were If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, she might include a cookie recipe and the ingredients for making cookies. Then, she’d ship the package to her grandchildren so that they could enjoy listening to Grandma read the book, then, they could enjoy a related activity with Mom or Dad.
Doesn’t that sound like fun, even if your grandkids lived close by? As I was reading last night, I was thinking of some of my favorite books that would have to be included on that list — books that my kids would fondly remember us having enjoyed together. Some of those packages would have to include:
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
- Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
- Alexander by Harold Littledale
- Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovelby Virginia Lee Burton
- The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
- Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
- I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff
- Parts by Todd Arnold
- The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman
I’m sure I could think of dozens more, but those are some of our absolute favorites. I think that will be such a fun project for my grandkids someday!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.