Quotes For Readers To Live By From A Third Grader

This morning, Matthew was telling us all about his medical procedure yesterday which was the reason he was out of class. Fortunately, he said, he had his emergency book.

“Matthew,” I asked, “what is an emergency book?” (Knowing full well, as I, too, carry one.)

“Pretend you’re going somewhere super boring and you only have two books. An emergency book is the second book you have in case you finish your first book and you have nothing to do. If you have a long book, such as Valeria is reading, you don’t need an emergency book. My emergency book is Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life,” he replied.

Something to remember the next time you’re somewhere super boring.

12 thoughts on “Quotes For Readers To Live By From A Third Grader”

  1. I think that way too. Not only do I take emergency books, I've taken emergency-emergency books in case I can't get into the “emergency” book.


  2. I admire his steadfastness in having an emergency book specifically for when he finishes his first book. Mine would be more like Becky's emergency-emergency book, and some weeks that even seems to imply an emergency-emergeny-emergency book. 🙂


  3. Adorable!! I love that he is a young reader, appreciates books, and that as a third grader knows how to keep occupied in case some place is “super boring”! Impressive.


  4. I love this! I fairly certain my husband did this when he was Matthew's age. There's nothing like becoming a lover of books at a young age, is there?


  5. Oh, I'm sorry! 🙂 I am very lucky in that he not only reads, but will at times read what I've just finished. It's like have my own personal book club. We both just finished Broken Harbor (Tana French) and now we're reading The Twelve (Justin Cronin). I'm listening to the audio and he's reading the print edition. Ooops. Sorry. I'll stop now. 😉


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