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David Lee Finkle

Thanks for featuring Mr. Fitz again. Glad to hear you read to your kids and that they are passing it on. I'm starting to promote the idea to parents that reading to your kids is the best gift you can give them-- and the younger the better with chapters books. Your list of books reads a lot like the books I read to my children. We started on Harry Potter when they were 4 and 5, and when they were 8 and 9 read The Lord of the Rings aloud for nine months, at one point to distract us during Hurricane Francis! They are both readers now... It really matters! If we just got them all reading, test prep wouldn't be necessary. Hmm...

Mike Peterson

I actually began reading to my youngest practically as soon as he was born, because I'd be reading anyway and he responded to the sound of my voice. So he'd be tucked into his Snugli, strapped to my chest and listening to whatever I happened to be reading.

At about five months old, he got meningitis and had to be hospitalized until the tests came back (they were fine, he went home). We stayed with him in shifts and I was holding him at about 4 AM when a nurse came in to check on him. She saw I was reading to him and said, "Aw ... what is it?"

I turned the paperback over so she could see. Doestoevsky's "The Possessed."

Why? What do you read to your baby?

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