Birthdays and books
March 4, 2013
by Jenni Sebora

It is once again birthday bonanza time in the Sebora household. “March madness,” as I call it. However, our youngest child’s birthday, Feb. 27, was actually the birthday blast off for us. Busy. Busy. Busy. Fun. Fun. Fun. Money. Money. Money.

I really love birthday time. A birthday presents the perfect opportunity for loved ones and friends to acknowledge how special the honoree is. I really think that each person should be given a holiday on their birthday.

Whether it is videotaping your child when they wake up on their birthday and then presenting them with a special breakfast, present, balloon, or other gift – honoring them in a special way makes the day “their day.”

In our house, we designate the birthday week as “their week.” This allows the birthday boy, girl, mom, or dad to ask for a back or foot rub, with the expectation of it actually happening.

The birthday week status allows the honoree to possibly skip a chore, get a special treat at the convenience store while on the way home from some activity, receive a pack of gum or some candy that we usually don’t have around, buy a magazine on the treat of someone else in the family, ask for mom or dad to make them a favorite peanut butter banana malt, get first dibs on the shower in the morning, or find a book they have wanted lying on their bed.

These special weeks designated in honor of each of us have become times we really look forward to. Little things that mean a lot; that tell the birthday girl or boy that they are special, important people in our family; that they are loved.

I am already thinking of “my week.” Foot rubs, a dismissal from making dinner, a coffee at a local diner or coffee shop Sunday, an excuse to buy that dark chocolate Milky Way. I can’t wait. (My birthday is mixed up in the March madness, too).

In my last few articles, I’ve been talking about award-winning books. Here are some more suggested reads that made Scholastic’s 100 Greatest Books for Kids list (that might make great birthday presents): ages 0 to 3, “Pat the Bunny,” “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” “Black on White;” ages 4 to 7, “The Little Engine That Could,” “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” “Swimmy;” ages 8 to 10, “The Composition,” “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” “Living Sunlight;” ages 11 and up, “Esperanza Rising,” “Lincoln: A Photobiography,” “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.”

I am currently reading a Newberry Honor Book by Patricia Reilly Giff, “Pictures of Hollis Woods,” which was also made into a television show. This author also wrote the Newberry Honor Book, “Lily’s Crossing,” which I am going to read next. A Newberry award book is always on my reading agenda.

New York Times’ best seller, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” by Ransom Riggs is another book I am finally delving into after loaning it to my son and his friends. Ah, finally.

Nicholas Sparks’ “Safe Haven,” which is currently playing in moving theaters, is on my bedstand, as well.

Maybe I’ll even buy myself a new book for my birthday. I really can’t wait.

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