My Little Reader June 6, 2016 It’s not out of the ordinary for my oldest daughter, Ella, to go missing around the house. My other three will be outside playing this or that and Ella is nowhere to be found. When I call the kids for dinner, Ella comes walking out of some nook she’s been curled up in reading and I think it’s the sweetest thing. Each one of my children has their own personality. Duke is adventurous. Drake loves anything athletic. Emmie is like her dad, she keeps us laughing with how big her humor is for age 6. Ella is my little intellectual. My reader. Different things come naturally to each one of my kiddos, and I love to help them cultivate their interests. Cooking, sports, sewing, gymnastics—whatever it is, I encourage it. I want them to know their creativity is a big deal to me. Fostering my children’s creativity is a big job, but it’s one that I love. It takes some coordination from mom and dad to get everyone to practices, games, lessons—even to the library to pick out books on time. But it’s such a happy moment when they master a new skill. When Drake scored his first run in baseball or Emmie sewed a whole quilt by herself—these were causes for celebration! Ella has always been drawn to books, but now, at age 9, she’s actually comprehending. We’ve started making regular trips to the library to keep her reading, and now she’s started picking up chapter books instead of picture books! It’s rewarding just to watch her soak it all up. A few days ago I sat down and asked her a few questions about reading. I loved her responses so much that I wanted to share with you! Ella, Why do you love to read? It’s just really fun. Sometimes books can be boring. But sometimes I don’t want to go outside because I want to finish a book. Where is your favorite place to read? Probably the library because they have the most books. But at home I would choose either my bed or probably on the couch. What types of books do you enjoy? I like reading adventure books. I like adventures because they’re sometimes mysteries and it’s fun to solve the mysteries. What are some of your favorite books? I like Junie B. Jones. Why do you think your friends should read? There could be a lot of fun books that you’re kind of missing out on reading if you don’t. Now that is good advice, Ella! Tag me on Instagram @JoannaGaines and share what your kids’ hobbies are! I’d love to know what kind of lessons and practices you’re shuffling your kiddos to and from!