When I got this book I was ______ years old.
_______________________gave me this book.
I was in the ______grade and my teacher was_____________________.
What I really want for my birthday is:
The most favorite thing about this birthday was:
My favorite thing in life is:
Sometimes, a story can mean even more when your child remembers that the book came from grandma before she moved to Michigan or from a friend who changed schools. Maybe the story is about a special interest that your child shared with his favorite uncle or about the place that auntie moved to. Remembering how old they were, what grade they were in or what their favorite thing about that particular birthday was may also spark memories of why that storybook itself was so special. And giggles may not be far away when your child recalls that all they really wanted for that particular birthday was a snake, a real airplane or just to be called "Russell"!
I encourage you to adopt this practice. And don't be afraid to put in any other questions that may spark special memories for your kids. I also encourage you and your kids to become "book savers". By doing so, years from now, your children will have wonderful stories and memories to share with their own kids. Reading is generational…..keep it going!