I wrote the books down for about 3 days.
Then last winter, I saw a blog post at PBS Kids about writing down the books that you read to your children. I thought it was a great idea, and made a note to write a post about it myself. I'm just now getting around to doing it.
When I was a kid, I made lists each summer after 5th grade of the books that I read. I wish I had lists from the years before that. There are a couple of books that I would LOVE to read again, but I can only remember the basics of the plot not the author or title. I know it would be so cool to see written down what I read as a child, even if it was just the title, author and date that I read it. Even better if there was a note about how I felt about the book.
The blog post says it doesn't matter HOW you make the list, whether in a notebook, or a pretty journal or on GoodReads (or on your blog - my addition), just that you do it. I think this is important:
It doesn't matter if you arrange it by day (for picture books) or by date the book was finished (for chapter books) or by year. (However you do it, I recommend numbering your entries).It doesn't matter if you include just the title, date and author in your entry. Or if you write down your kid's reactions to the book such as "Emily loved putting her fingers through the holes of everything the hungry caterpillar ate." Or "John just wanted to find Goldbug on each page." Or "Jennifer didn't like the part with the Wicked Witch of the West."The only thing that matters is having one. How do you make that happen?Step 1: Answer the question that was at the top of this post: What book(s) did you you read to your kids last night? What book did your kids read to themselves? What book did you read?Step 2: Write it down.Step 3: Repeat daily.
So, I'm going to pull that notebook back out, and keep it in the corner where we do most of our reading. Or somewhere handy. Maybe I'll get Monkey Georgia to help me decorate it too.