I asked Middle Dude what he wanted to do for his birthday portrait. Without skipping a beat he said, "Take my picture with all the Harry Potter books!" And I thought, "how fitting." Because truly this was the year his READING exploded. And not just Harry Potter. But all sorts of fantasy, mystery, suspense and humor books. It's a rare day when he doesn't have his nose buried in a book for at least a small or large bit of the day.