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Sarah Michelle Gellar: Charlotte Shares My Love of Books

05/13/2011 at 03:00 PM ET
Elisabeth Caren/AP

Like mother, like daughter.

Although Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s daughter Charlotte Grace is only 19 months old, she’s already fallen in love with books, the actress told PEOPLE Tuesday at the Nestle Share the Joy of Reading Program event in Los Angeles.

“We read every morning [and] every night and sometimes throughout the day,” Gellar, 34, shared.

“My husband [Freddie Prinze Jr.] reads to her and my mother reads to her. We do voices and she loves it.”

An avid reader herself, Gellar collects classic children’s literature books.

“I’m working right now on a first edition collection of Dr. Seuss books,” she explains. Others already in Gellar’s collection include first editions of The Little Engine That Could, The Giving Tree, Goodnight Moon and Many Moons.

“I always feel like my poor child’s going to be the one that’s behind because I don’t know any of the new books,” jokes Gellar. “A book that’s been read so many times and passed down, there are stories that you feel when you touch it.”

Aside from cuddling up with Mom and a good book, the tiny tot also follows the actress to set.

“She loooves the hair and makeup trailer,” Gellar says, listing brushes and lipstick as Charlotte’s favorites. “It’s funny because she’s girly, but she’s also the first one to go down the twisty slide head-first.”

-– Melody Chiu

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Kelly on

books passed down…I love it!!!!

klutzy_girl on

I’m glad she feels books are so important!

And that’s she completely against the Buffy movie reboot.

Jen DC on

My niece is the same way – takes after her mother and aunt and not her father! (He always made fun of us for having books at our constant disposal, and now his baby sleeps WITH BOOKS IN BED!)

alicejane on

I am a huge fan of Sarah and I love that she’s passed on her love for reading! I have nothing against technology and I understand the convenience of eReaders… but there’s something that just can’t be replicated and isn’t the same as actually having a book in your hands. There’s something about cracking open a brand new copy and there’s something about cracking open an old, worn copy.

I recently saw some pictures of Charlotte on another site and she is a beautiful little girl.

mary on

Both my husband and I love books, if I could be a professional book reader……I would! Fortunately and unfortunately my children also love to read. I will put them to bed at about 7:45 and at 10 sometimes 10:30 they are still up reading! I hate to ‘punish’ them and tell them no reading tonight… I need a middle ground… not sure yet what that is.

fuzibuni on

Yey for reading! It’s such a wonderful thing to sit with your child and tell them a good story. Great for imagination and language acquisition too.

I have a big collection of classic children’s literature too. Once they go out of print there are never any more made. And with the advent of ebooks, who knows what the future holds for real books.

Andrea on

I love Sarah sooo much! SHe has been one of my role models since whenever i can remember. I grew up watching her on Buffy (im only 15) and i loved her Scooby Doo movies! Charlotte is truely blessed to have such great parents!

Hea on

She’s so right!

Al on

She is lovely, I couldn’t like her more :)

Lila on

My daughter also shares a love of reading. Her bookcase is overflowing and we are still always buying books. It’s important to teach your children that reading isn’t a chore, but something to find joy in.

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