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    • When my siblings and I were very young we lived in Japan for a few years. Dad was in the Air Force and was stationed there. Since it was impractical for Grandma to come visit us, she recorded herself reading children's books and mailed us tapes.

      Almost every night we'd pop in one of Grandma's tapes and fall asleep to her comforting voice reading Dr. Seuss or something, and then she didn't feel so far away. I don't remember what my favorite was, or if I had a favorite, but I do remember how much I enjoyed getting to hear her voice every night as I drifted off to sleep.

    • That video (and the sequel) are Halloween staples at our house!

      Also, we solicited picture books read aloud as mp3 files from extended family before an epic cross country summer road trip and our kids are still listening to them 5 years later and it’s helped as we’ve lived far from family. Not other-side-of-the-world far, though. 😉

      Our dinners usually include at least one book because we have a captive audience! I think many people stop reading aloud when their kids can read for themselves but they are missing out on powerful shared experiences.

      Heck, my husband reads to me for date nights sometimes! (The Princess Bride was a huge favorite, and we have also read some Brandon Sanderson, poetry, and others.)