The Book Lady
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a four year old girl who had never owned a book of her own or really had anyone read aloud to her. I was so moved by her story that I filled a bag with books and paid a visit. I introduced myself and told her that I had a gift for her. She immediately asked me to sit next to her in the living room and began to pull out all of the books I had packed in the bag. One by one I introduced each of the books and began reading them to her. Her eyes lit up as I introduced her to the amazing and magical world of read-alouds. When I was done, she wanted me to read them again but I couldn’t stay longer. I promised her I would return and read some more.
I went back this week and asked her if she remembered me. Her eyes opened wide and she immediately announced, “you’re the book lady”. Of course I gave her a new bag of books, and yes, I read some of them. I am now enjoying my new role as “the book lady”.