Believe it or not, this is not a staged photo and she's about one year old in this picture. At least once every day I'll be doing my daily chores and cleaning of the house only to realize..."It's awfully quiet. Where did my Sweetie Pie go?" Many times I find a mess, but many other times I also find her by the bookshelf immersed in a good book. It makes my heart sing!
So this is my connection to genealogy. We share traits of our ancestors and it's fun to know with whom we share those traits. My mother loves to read, my dad's father loved to read, and I need to ask my parents and my last living grandmother if they know of any of our ancestors who also loved to read. It helps build a connection to those names in our family trees when we know a little bit about them and even more when we can find something we share with them. And I love sharing a good book-even more when it's free. And here are some ways to get some free books.
1. Banes and Noble's Summer Reading Program. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading/ When your school-age children (grades 1-6) read a book, record it in the downloadable passport. When they've read 8 books, take the filled-out passport to a Barnes and Noble bookstore and choose a free book!
2. Check your local library for summer reading programs. Most have them and most give away a book when you complete the program.
3. Enter On the Lap's blog giveaway for 4 books here.
I challenge you to find a trait you share with your children and enjoy those traits together!