Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Popcorn Reading Party

child's hand holding Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

May is crazy busy. In addition to all the kids' regularly scheduled activities, our calendar also includes the 3rd and 4th grade musical, a piano recital, a gymnastics show, the Mother's Day Tea, a kindergarten class field trip, a play, and a school picnic.

That's only the first three weeks of the month. After that, my husband and I are going on a trip (hooray!) for six days, so I need to get my ducks in a row now.

I am frazzled. We all seem a little cranky. What we needed was a rain out.

Our only after school event scheduled today was lacrosse practice. Anticipating thunderstorms, the lacrosse gods cancelled practice. Hallelujah.

When we arrived home, I declared the first ever popcorn reading party. I sent the kids off to find their favorite read-aloud picture books while I made popcorn. The nine-year-old seemed dubious, but since snacks were involved, he was in.

bowl of popcorn and picture books

The three of us piled onto the beanbags in the reading corner with a stack of books and a big bowl of popcorn in the center. We took turns reading from the pile. Although he kept a graphic novel in hand as well, even the nine-year-old read aloud and laughed at all the right parts.

child's hand turning pages of Can I Play Too?

I chose books that had been nightly required reading when my son was a toddler. The kids enjoyed hearing all the silly ways the little guy had mispronounced words, and my heart exploded a little when I paused and he chimed in with the same exclamations he had done in every reading so many years ago.

We had no after school activities, yet no one asked to watch TV. No one asked to use the computer. I left my phone in my purse for a couple hours. We revisited old favorites and remembered how fun it is to read aloud. That is what I call quality time.

bowl of popcorn and Olivia

Want to know our favorites? Mo Willems features prominently, as does Dr. Seuss. I looked high and low for Green Eggs and Ham and couldn't locate it. Here are the books that made our read-aloud list today:

Tacky the Penguin 
Can I Play Too? 
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Knuffle Bunny
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
A Fish Out of Water
Happy Pig Day!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus


  1. To date, no book has made my children laugh more than Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. It even gets incorporated into our daily life. If M asks me for something and I say no, she says, "C'mon...I'll give you five bucks. My uncle used to [fill in with whatever it is]. True story."

  2. What a perfect afternoon! I've been a nanny/sitter for years and have worked with a family for nearly 5 years. They have an 11, 8, and 4 y.o. Reading is one of my go-tos on more tired days, and it always gets the kids happy. I can't wait to enjoy times like this with my kids too, and the popcorn was a perfect touch!!