Happy for ‘Book-Obsessed’ Kids


(Photo: By Brad Paris/New York magazine)

As I read New York magazine tonight, I couldn’t help but smile when I stumbled across the #50 reason why New York is a city worth loving: “Because Even Our Kids Are Book Obsessed.” The magazine devoted a two-page spread to photos of children holding books and quotes detailing the children’s favorite part of the book(s) they happened to be holding. I adore the photo of the baby and the “Goodnight Moon” book. That was one of my favorite books growing up. The author — Margaret Wise Brown — and I share the same birthday.

It makes me happy when I see mothers and fathers reading to their children. To instill the written word in children is to invite them into a world of imagination and wonder, a world where they can escape from the rigmarole of life and just … be.

What was your favorite book growing up?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

4 thoughts on “Happy for ‘Book-Obsessed’ Kids

  1. But No Elephants and Teddy Trucks, both of which I still have, were at the top of the list. I’m sure there are others, but those are the first two that come to mind. Goodnight Moon was also high on the list.

  2. I never read “But No Elephants and Teddy Trucks” growing up. I might just have to find it now and read it. I also loved Margaret Wise Brown’s “Runaway Bunny.”

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