Elizabeth gets to pick two books at bedtime for me to read to her before she goes to sleep*. This afternoon at her parent-teacher conference, her teacher said that she would like to see Elizabeth get a little extra reading practice in (apparently Elizabeth’s reading scores slipped from Totally Awesome down to Still Awesome But Less So and her teacher wants to nip it in the bud before she slips to Kind of Awesome But You Might Want to Work On That or Sorry We Can’t Call That Awesome Anymore.) So tonight at bedtime, I informed Elizabeth of the new policy- she reads one book to me and then I read one book to her.
First she pouted and stamped her foot (it doesn’t seem that terrible, but she doesn’t approve of change) and tried to negotiate to make me change my mind (I threw her teacher under the bus and said it was her fault- sorry, teacher.) Then she chose Goodnight, Gorilla for the book she was going to read and the Pixar bedtime story book for me to read. If you don’t own both of those books, Goodnight, Gorilla is almost exclusively pictures, containing the words Good Night and very little else and the Pixar bedtime story book is so long that I normally only let her choose one story from it on two book nights.
(She was required to choose again and begrudgingly read Curious George’s Opposites AND Goodnight, Gorilla. I still had to read from Pixar.)
*Spends the next hour and a half getting in and out of bed and trying to get me to come back up to “check on her.”