Book Buying

book buyingSometimes I’m the mean, grumpy mom who won’t ever buy my boys ANYTHING. Like at the restaurant when they want to buy a soda; or at the State Fair when they want to ride all the rides; or at the local amusement park when they want some ice cream.

I tell them we don’t need it and we’re saving our money for other things.

But there is one thing that I will buy for them freely – books.

I’m a sucker for buying my kids things to read. I don’t love taking them to the book fair but I do love filling out scholastic book orders and taking them to the library.

I ran to Wal-Mart earlier this week to get my oldest the latest book in his favorite series – Michael Vey. He has a hard time finding things he loves so if he’ll read it, I’ll buy it! (We have a very extensive shark book collection because that’s all he would read when he was first starting out.)

I wrapped his new book in a red ribbon and wrote a “Happy Reading” note to go with it.

I think I was more excited for him to get it than he was. It brought back memories of working the Friday night shift as a young reporter when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out. I convinced my editors to let me cover a giant Harry Potter party in Salt Lake City. It was magical. Quidditch, butter beer, mystical creatures, you name it. It was there and I got to be a part of it.

It also reminded me of the time I waited in line at midnight to get my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Then there was the time recently when I waited for hours with my two oldest boys to get autographs from Richard Paul Evans and Brandon Mull.

Just this week my 7-year-old got a typed letter from one of his favorite authors Mary Pope Osborne. He wrote her about a year ago and finally heard back. He proudly read what she wrote while grinning from ear to ear.

He was so happy.

And that’s what I want. I want my kids to be happy – happily reading.

From bright colored shapes and letters in baby board books to thick chapter books like Percy Jackson, I love seeing each of my kids delight in reading.

That’s why I’ll whip out my wallet to buy them a book. Every. Single. Time. It’s worth every penny.

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