I have memories of whining to my Mom, "Mooooomm, I don't have anything to do," to which she invariably responded "Take off your sock and spit in your shoe" (yeah, I never got it either). Sure, good for a giggle, but a pretty frustrating dead-end to a bored five-year-old.
Arlo and I have done some serious reading over the years... I'd say 30 to 60 minutes per day on average for just about every day of his life. With all the hundreds of books we've enjoyed, there are some that stand out as true favorites. Some are make the list (like the books of Maira Kalman and Calef Brown) because the artwork and words are just as engaging for me as they are for Arlo. A few are classics. Others are just perfect for settling down at the end of the day. For whatever the reason, these are the books that we never seem to get tired of reading.