The Miracle of Reading

A perfect story of the miracle of reading, beautifully written by Diana Peach. Read on!

Myths of the Mirror


I had another post prepared for today… but then a miracle happened…

I showed up at Tornado Boy’s house for two days of “Grammy Time.” Kindergarten doesn’t kick off until Tuesday and preschool ended early, leaving mom and dad in a lurch. When I walked in the door, I received my usual whirlwind of hugs, but the first question out of the tornado’s mouth was, “Do you want me to read a book to you?”

Not Legos, no request to build a spaceship or visit the park, no plea to use his old grammy as a jungle-gym. Nope.

“Do you want me to read a book to you?”

“Why, sure,” I replied, fully expecting a play by play narration through a picture book or a four-pager of his own creation.

I sat on the couch, and he climbed up beside me, tucked in tight, and opened Dr. Seuss’s Hop…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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26 Responses to The Miracle of Reading

  1. Opher says:

    Just a thousand? I think I’ve lived more than that!

  2. Léa says:

    How traumatic not to read Charlotte’s Web from beginning to end… I must thank you for reminding me of it, too many years. I’ve worked that and one other into the story I am writing. If you are curious, the other book is, The Secret Garden. 😊

  3. Léa says:

    “I must say, I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go to the next room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

  4. beetleypete says:

    A perfect reblog, Jennie. More than just reminiscent of one of your own posts. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Diana is another role model (like you). I love her posts. Hugs to you both.

  6. Ellen says:

    I enjoyed this so much! The quotes at the end are all known to me and loved. I know that I have repeated this same sentiment over and over, but …of all of the gifts that we give to children, the love of books and reading is paramount. Thank-you!

  7. Thanks so much for the reblog, Jennie. Reading is a superpower and it’s wonderful to encourage and celebrate the beginning of the journey… as you know so well. Happy Reading and enjoy the new year in your classroom. 🙂

  8. Darlene says:

    A wonderful post. Thanks for sharing. It is so wonderful to hear a child say they want to read a book to you.

  9. Norah says:

    A fabulous post on the joys of reading. Thanks for sharing, Jennie.

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