Caroline Grant is LM’s Literary reflections editor and writes, Mama at the Movies.
Caroline has an essay called, “Summer Reading” in the latest issue of Motherverse.
I don’t see Ben working to read, although he’s been interested in
books and letters since he was a baby. We used to leave a couple
boardbooks along with the stuffed otter and doggie in his crib,
waking some mornings to the sound of him chattering and turning the
thick pages. We called it his morning book group. When he was two,
he got interested in what Tony and I did at our laptops hour after
hour, and he’d asked to type words, too; I still have some of these
files, long lists of his favorite words in giant blue font: “Mama!
Dada! Ben! Cookie!”