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Long Distance Reading

Today we welcome Kate from The Rancher’s Wife.

It all started with my Grandma Diddy…  at least that is far back as I can remember. She loved books, and every time we saw her she would have a stack of books to read to us. We didn’t see her that much because she lived in New York, and we lived in Wyoming.
That is me in the middle staring off into space, and my sister is sitting next to me with her mouth wide open!
My Grandma would have books that her mother read to her as a little girl. I always felt so special when she was reading me these “hand me down” books. We would all be cuddled together, fresh from the bath, and wearing our jammies.
My Grandma Diddy passed away in February 2003.

Now my mom is a long distance grandma just like her mother. Her grandbabies live in Wyoming on a ranch. She lives in a big city in Texas.
Over a year ago when my mom was feeling blue from missing her grandbabies, she called to ask if they were there to chat. I put the phone on speaker, and then she asked my boys “if they wanted to read a book.” They went to their bookshelf in their log house in Wyoming, and she went to her bookshelf in Texas and they finally found a matching book.
After they were done reading, she mentioned that she would call back the next week and read them another book.
That is when our tradition of long distance reading began. Every Sunday grandma calls to read them a story. Sometimes if Sunday doesn’t work, she will call during the week. It really doesn’t matter what day of the week it is just as long as it happens. It helps grandma feel included, and helps my boys feel close to grandma.

It has become a special treat for grandma to send them books that she already has at her house. Often she will send them books that her mother read to her when she was a girl. We now have a bookshelf full of long distance reading books.
Start long distance reading with all of your loved ones. It really is a wonderful way to keep “the long distance blues” away.

Some of our favorites are:
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
The Snowy Day by Jack Keats
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
Adventures of Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Adventures of Danny And The Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
…the list continues but hope you can find some titles here that you don’t already own. Also please let us know about special books you read.
You can never own too many books.
A very special moment for grandma and her grandbabies happened this past November. They were actually able to cuddle together and read a book without using the phone.

How do you keep close when loved ones are far away?

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  • Betty Myers

    I’ve been reading to my grandkids over the Internet. It’s great to be able to share story time even when we’re not together. It has enhanced my relationship with my grandkids. I went to and used the code readtome92 and got a 1-month free trial! They have a library of books for you to choose from. I hope this information helps.

  • KellyW

    Kate, what a wonderful tradition! My boys are too big for that now. My mom does something to keep in touch though – she calls the boys every night to tell them she loves them, goodnight, and hope they sleep well. When the phone rings at 9:00, they know it is her with her nightly call. If she knows they will be away from home, she sends them a text. :)

  • tamara

    Love this idea!!

  • Stacey Woods

    Kate, I absolutely love this idea!! All of my kids’ grandparents are long-distance, and when they visit, storytime is everyone’s favorite. I think I’ll mention this to my family and see if we can get some matching books to read!

    Thank you again for guest-posting for us, and for being an inspiration to our readers!!

  • Jen from Wyoming

    Absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story with us and your lovely new tradition! :)

  • rachelzana

    LOVE this! Love, love love.

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  • heather

    Such a wonderful tradition! I bet they love to read as they grow up and have an extra special relationship with their Grandma even though she is far away. Love this idea!