As soon as I read this article in the New York Times, I knew this was something that I wanted to do as a dad. Plus, the spelling bee win reminded me of Sarah (noting that Sarah hates my academic love, mathematics, so it will be interesting to see where Eloise comes out on this). I loved the idea of reading to Eloise every night — even when I am on the road with work or just working late and won’t make it home for bedtime. It just seems like a great way to stay connected via something that both Sarah and I love.
Because Eloise is still at a stage where it is the sound of our voices — and not necessarily the content being expressed — I, of course, chose to go the Geek Dad route and start the Eloise reading streak with an old favorite, Harry Potter. Somehow, we were missing our copy of Year 1 so out to the local book store I ran on Saturday to track down a hard-cover copy (notably keeping my favorite educators — sister Julie and mother Rita — ever so happy about “pledging to read the printed word”) and begin reading. We read at least one chapter a night and sometimes two. I am not sure Eloise like its as much as I do, but it is fun nonetheless. The goal is to finish the entire series before Eloise starts keying in on the content being read. And then it is on to the 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.