Mothers, daughters, and books.

My mother began reading to me before I was ever born, and if the pictures are any proof, I haven't stopped reading since. My childhood best friend had a mother who read to her, too; each night, she and her sister would cuddle up next to their mother and listen as she read from the classics: Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind. These are the moments you think we will forget, but instead, they're the ones we remember most. My friend still talks about those nights with her mother, and I still tell stories of how my own mother would to read to me until she'd fall asleep, and I'd pick up the book and finish it on my own. (Independent from the very start.)

I am grateful to have had a mother who read to me, and who now reads a lot on her own. It's encouraging to me, to watch my parents learn and grow still, all these years later, from the books they read. And now, my mother joins me in the store every week -- no doubt you've seen her, recommending titles and dusting shelves, alphabetizing books and rearranging the children's section. She still, somehow, knows what children should be reading, reminding me, often, that the classics are better than the quirky, that certain board books just never go out of style.

What a gift, to have a mother who reads.

Perhaps your mother is a reader too -- what luck! -- and you're looking for a book to share with her this Mother's Day. I love Sparkly Green Earrings; Glitter and Glue; and Carry On, Warrior for thought-provoking books moms can enjoy on their own. If you're wanting a book to read together, I think the classics are a fun place to start. Read Emma aloud together, then watch the new YouTube series "Emma Approved" that retells Jane Austen's story in a completely compelling way. It's a mother-daughter activity you'll both enjoy. (Another YouTube series, "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries," retells Austen's Pride and Prejudice; mothers and daughters -- teenage and up -- will love sharing the story together.) Middle reader books also lend themselves to being read aloud; my new favorite, Hope Is a Ferris Wheel, would be a good place to start.

So go ahead; read with your mom this weekend. It might seem silly, but I promise it's not.

Annie JonesComment