It’s not that she doesn’t like dolls, or stuffed animals, or blocks, or any of her other toys. But she goes through phases with them. For a few days it will be her toy duck that is the favorite, or maybe her cabbage patch kid.

But the one unfailing favorite is BOOKS. Autumn “reads” all the time. She loves being read to, but she also reads to herself. Gathering a pile of books she’ll climb up in a chair and sit there, paging through them and reading out loud in a language of absolute gibberish. All day long. And it never, ever fails…as soon as I clean up all the books scattered over the living room, they’re right back on the floor again.



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