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November 1, 2019

I've been a reader for as long as I can remember. I was always signing out the maximum number of books, always asking the teacher if I could run to the library at recess so I could get new books as I read them in 1-2 days and didn't want to wait a week until our next library class. 

 

What I never anticipated all those years ago was getting to read my favourites books and authors then with my own children now. It might even be better than the first time!

 

First of all... it feels sometimes like the first time as it's been 20+ years since I read any of these books (though many moments are as vivid in my memory as they were back then). Secondly, reading them aloud with my kids and husband is like having this book club that I'm always with. Walking through the woods we'll come across a "fool bird" as Brian from Hatchet called them and reminisce about the ways he trapped them for his survival. Stepping into a cedar tree in GNP that's been hollowed out by fire we can imagine just how large Sam's hemlock must have been in My Side of the Mountain. The characters and stories tha