Amy Poehler on Reading at Bedtime with Your Kids #FreeBirds

This post is the result of a press trip I took for the new movie Free Birds, sponsored by Relativity Media.


Interviewing celebrities is fun (It’s a rough job, but someone’s gotta do it). I especially enjoy taking place in the parent blogger roundtables, because we all feed off one another, and there’s always a great energy there. I think that the actors notice it too. It feels different than the same-old questions.

In fact, I’m not sure how often they have a mom blogger/book blogger asking them about reading, but I do every chance I get. Amy Poehler opened the door wide for that one. She mentioned books several times. First when she was talking about watching movies together as a family (read more at 5 Minutes for Mom), she said that when trying to pick movies, she gives her preschoolers what they want: “They like stories right now about kids acting badly. They’re really into that.”

no david

She elaborated:

They are really into those books, do you guys know those David books? Like No, David. It’s all about kids acting badly. They are fascinated with it.

hortonhearsawhoThen someone asked her about working with Jimmy Hayward, the director of Free Birds, who also directed her in Horton Hears a Who. She said that she was excited to work with him again, but then she went there again — bringing up books:

We had a really good time on Horton Hears a Who because I love that movie, and I love that book. That book is great source material. That book still, when you read it to your kid, is so good, the message behind that book.

So I asked her about her habit of reading to her kids, and she said that they read every night. It’s something that she enjoys and specifically as a working mother, it’s something that helps her connect: “We read all the time. They love books. It’s really important, as you guys know, to read books. It’s fun to read them. Especially when you’re a working mother, it feels like a really good day to connect at the end of the night, to talk to them without forcing them to talk to you.”

Her tastes seem to run classic, she said they were currently running through the George and Martha books. She also said that she was doing what I loved doing as a booklover, sharing childhood favorites. Here’s her thoughts on a classic (meaning old), but unknown at least to me, book, which she has shared with her oldest, Archie.

mr  pines purple house

Amy said, “My favorite kids’ book is called Mr. Pine’s Purple House. It’s a book about a guy who paints his house purple, and everybody else copies him in the neighborhood, and he gets all mad about it. I think I just liked it for personal reasons.”

I love talking about books with anyone, be they well-known actresses or YOU, so what about you?

Are any of these titles familiar to you? Have you shared them with your kids? Or which childhood favorite have you shared with your kids?

I personally remembered reading Are You My Mother? as a child and could barely make it through without tearing up when I shared it with my kids. I also loved the more obscure Moose, Goose and Little Nobody by Ellen Raskin (which I have my old copy of).

We also talked to Amy Poehler about family traditions. Read more about that on 5 Minutes for Mom, and stay tuned for more coverage, including my thoughts on the film and a fun giveaway.


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  1. says

    So, SO very cool!

    The George and Martha books have long been favorites of mine. I loved reading them to my preschool students, and my own children have enjoyed our collection for years, as well. Look at that, me and Amy Poehler are so much alike! 😉

  2. Samantha w says

    We love Horton hears a Who. I actually am a big fan of Dr. Suess. We haven’t read the other ones, but we do read alot in our household.

  3. vickie couturier says

    those are some great books,,I read to my kids an now to the grandkids,snuggling an reading is a forever memory

  4. Mary W says

    Goodnight Moon is our family reading tradition. The book has been passed down through generations and read by one and all in the family.

  5. Sarah L says

    Reading to and then with your kids is such an important thing. I know that’s where my own love of books came from.

  6. Tammy S says

    These are all great books that she reads to her kids. I have read all the Dr. Seuss books with my kids and they loved them. One of my daughter’s favorite books were Oliver and Amanda Pig series. She loved those books. She has taken all her books that are her favorites and boxed them up for when she has children. As of now she has 3 boxes full. The classics never go out of style.

  7. Leslie Brown says

    I agree with Amy, reading books is very important and I worry that with technology people don’t read books to their kids as often as they should. The classic stories are the best way to start. I enjoy reading to my kids, and find myself getting into the stories as well.

  8. patricia caradonna says

    Reading to our kids is quality time spent. I am a working mother of four and I realize how precious this time is.

  9. shaunie says

    its important for children to be read to at bedtime, it is underestimated that this is much needed… especially a positive book/story. I have shared various childhood books with children that I have read (or been read to)as a child. I am looking for fresh books/movies

  10. Maria Iemma says

    My kids are grown now but I always read to them at bedtime – I also was a working MOM. I know they now read to my grandkids.

  11. Buddy Garrett says

    Reading before bedtime is important for children. We read to our daughter. We read Are You My Mother? and all the classic children’s books.

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