My boys and I must have read Jane Yolen’s SOFT HOUSE when it first came out in 2005. If not then, it was sometime soon after, because “soft house” feels like it’s been a part of our family vocabulary forever.
This is our most recent soft house, one that was up for two days, a place we read CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR in the stifling heat and tried to keep the dog from knocking down walls.
I love the way stories and their words become a part of our conversations around here, things like “You can’t have that wish, my Little Bear.”
Or we’ll talk about the things that “all come out even,” like Francis’s lunch box meal (once she gave up on the bread and jam).
When a family member does something impressive, we might quote Pepito’s brothers and sisters.
When someone mentions the park, that creature named Clark comes to mind.
What bookish things have become a part of your family’s words or routines?