It is “Read Your Heart Out Month” at my oldest boy’s school. He brings home these hearts with spaces for ten books or chapters and when he reads one or we read one to him we get to write the title down and sign it. When he fills up a heart he gets to take it to the office and choose out of a treasure box of prizes. His goal…100 books or chapters in February. Seemed like pretty lofty expectations for a first grader, even with us reading. But this kid is going to do it. He stayed up late with a flashlight reading “The Bernstein Bears Go to Sunday School” a super long book with lots of hard words that he zoomed through without a hitch. This has been educational for me too, as I hear him read aloud to his brothers on the top bunk I am astounded. I had no idea he was becoming such a good reader. He has a nice story voice with inflection in all the right story places and barely reads any slower than us when we read to him. I am shocked and delighted! It all happened so fast. Yey for Read Your Heart Out Month and all literacy related competitions, it has truly inspired him…and me!