Nova has been working her way through the "Bob books" this year, a series of early readers. Curled up on the couch next to Mom or Dad, sounding out the words (or occasionally guessing based on pictures), she has progressed from "Mat. Mat sat." to "Suddenly, Joe drove his bike over a bump." Still, Nova insisted she couldn't read--until last week. In her words "I like reading! I didn't before because I couldn't do it."
On Monday, she pushed through two Bob books in order to finish the fourth set. Then she went on to A Fish Out of Water, which she read by herself. The next day, I found her with one of A.A. Milne's original Winnie the Pooh stories, sounding out the names of the characters. (For those of you that only know the Disney Pooh, you should check out the originals. They are charming and funny, even for parents.) On a trip to the art museum this weekend she read "park" and "exit" at the parking ramp, then asked to play at the "park." We have a reader!