I spent a rather large amount of time trying to figure out what book Iddo would hear first. Would I pick a childhood classic like “Make Way for Ducklings“? Or perhaps a chapter book I loved? Harry Potter was definitely in the running for her first book.
I put a great deal of pressure on myself to pick the perfect first book. A line from “You’ve Got Mail” kept ringing through my head:
When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.
What book would shape her identity? Who did I want to help her become?
Going on the idea that she could hear me long before birth, I started reading to her out loud while she was still in utero. And the book I picked? I picked a book that has shaped my own life the way no other book has and is a major part of my own identity. I read her The Book of Mormon. We finished it when she was 2 months old.
Our reading days are just beginning. I think she’s getting a pretty good start.