Today, my girl turns 10, and as usual, books figured prominently in her birthday wish list. It’s nice to think that the fact that we read to her from the first days after she was born — long before she could understand the words — had something to do with that.

I remember reading to her over and over again — always hopefully — the excellent Sandra Boynton board book ‘anthology’ of funny sleep stories that our friend Stephanie gave us … the first book gift of her life, bestowed at a baby shower before she was born. And there was Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, one I hadn’t seen growing up, but which seemed to grab her attention even as an infant; all of those excellent rhyming rhythms, I think. (All of that reading about sleep rarely inspired sleep, unfortunately.)

And there were many ABC-themed books — Sandra Boynton’s, a Curious George and others — that were making an impression even when we weren’t aware of it; out of the blue at around age 2, she began to show us that she had learned her ABCs during all those reading sessions.

On Thursday evening, to kick off LitKid’s birthday celebration, I took her and a fellow Harry Potter-loving friend to the local “old-school” (non-fancy, non-cinemaplexus) theater, Mission Valley, at midnight to see the Deathly Hallows 2 premiere. I think all three of us were equally excited to see the end of the story on the big screen, and I thought that night about how fortunate I was in the age of video/techie wonders to have a nearly-10-year-old who is such a passionate reader.

Happy birthday to my LitKid!