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Lil’ Readers Find Plenty to Smile About with Read to Rise

April 29, 2020

Homeschool, Birthdays, and Books Fill Up this Month’s Update


This story is the seventh part of a year-long series. Read the previous entry here.

Even though our city’s still quarantined, and Nashville Public Library (NPL) remains closed for now, it hasn’t slowed our lil’ readers down one bit. In fact, they’ve been busier than ever.

While Poppy and Goldie both celebrated birthdays this past month, Ray’s household is bursting with excitement as they prepare to welcome a new baby boy in early May. We’d like to say happy birthday to the girls and congratulations to Ray and his family.

And with all this going on, our lil’ readers found plenty of time to enjoy some fantastic stories.


We may have a future illustrator on our hands! (Photo courtesy of Yurina)

Number of Reading Days Logged: 236

Last Book Read: The Crayons’ Book of Numbers by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

“Ray’s showing more interest in drawing and painting, and we’re working on learning the names of different colors. What’s great about this picture book is that it teaches kids colors, counting, and all the creative things kids can draw using those colors, like pink for drawing dinosaurs or black to color in rainbows,” said Yurina, Ray’s mother. “There are a lot of details, and Ray seems to notice new things every time we read it.”

Favorite Thing from Reading this Month: “Ray’s getting more and more talkative, and he’s also good at repeating things we say — and how we say them,” Yurina said. “So, when I whisper something, he’ll whisper it back. This has been an especially useful trick for the last book we read before bedtime.”

Poppy and Goldie

What's better than enjoying a classic? Enjoying it with your sister! (Photo courtesy of Virginia)

Number of Reading Days Logged: 171

Last Book Read: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Favorite Thing from Reading this Month: “It certainly has been an eventful month! Both girls had a birthday, so they are now officially four and one. We used the occasion of Poppy turning four to implement an afternoon ‘tea time’ that includes herbal tea, a treat, and reading aloud from a chapter book. We’ve already finished her first chapter book, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and we are almost finished with Charlotte’s Web,” said Virginia, Poppy and Goldie’s mother.
“On the other end of the spectrum, we also ‘read’ our first wordless book, Journey by Aaron Becker. It’s fun because the story is a little bit different each time!” Virginia said.

Share a Story, No Matter the Distance

We may be distanced right now, but your library is never far away.

With NPL Universe, you can enjoy story times, music production classes, and more online from the comfort of your home. Plus, we recently ordered more than 5,000 new eMaterials, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more, for your family to enjoy.

If you aren’t signed up for Read to Rise – earning points for great prizes as you indulge in all our library has to offer – now’s the perfect time. Sign up today and get your children reading-ready for school and for life.


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Ed's a proud member of NPL's Marketing and Communications team. Some of his favorite books include Dracula, Once an EagleNeuromancerStarship TroopersThe Black CompanyBerserkBlade of the ImmortalBlame! and Vampire Hunter D. When not at the Library, you'll find him spending time with his wife and son, doing interval training, reading, or waiting for the next FromSoftware game.