April 9th, 2012 at 5:00 am
By Kim Ross
Reading is such an important thing to do with your children. It not only is so wonderful intellectually but can connect people in special ways. It can be completely free (with the help of a library card) and is a great way to develop the imagination. Have you ever read a book and then found yourself disappointed when the story didn’t match the one you had imagined?
I remember when I was pregnant with my oldest, my husband would read the book What Daddies Do Best to my belly a couple evenings every week. As babies we always read to our boys. The book I read to them the most was an A-B-C and other teether books. Garanimals sells ones just like these. I read these several times a day from infancy up. I also enjoyed reading the book, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. As babies, I got to pick the book to read so I liked the mushy ones, but as the boys got older they wanted to pick other ones.
Reading every evening became a part of our bedtime ritual. After getting on our sons’ pajamas and brushing their teeth, my husband always reads a story to them. They read That’s Not My Monster, which is part of the Usborne line, endless times. You can tell it was well loved as we have taped it together more than once. This was a great book when they were toddlers. As they grew into preschoolers their favorites were Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner and Mo Willems books especially Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
It is also great to see the differences in the books that each child picks out each night. After we finishing reading our book and saying good night, we encourage the boys to look at books until they fall asleep. Connor, my youngest, very much enjoys the brightly illustrated picture books, while Ian always picks out books that are more comic book in nature.
Ian is now reading on his own and loves to take an early reader chapter book to enjoy himself. He loves to explore the different series of books there are. In Kindergarten his teacher would read the Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osbourne and he loved to tell me about all the different adventures. He just started reading that series again on his own. This year his teacher is reading the Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This has opened up a great conversation between him and his Nana as she would read that series as a child. They love to sit and talk about the different characters. He has already started a book bucket list that will keep him very busy this summer.
I can’t wait for him to start reading some of my favorites by Judy Blume, Little House on the Prairie, and other favorites of mine. I have been reading some of the books he really likes myself. They are very quick easy reads and give me some insight when he explains them. I think I may have to check into a “book club” for young readers for him to join this summer.
What are some of your children’s favorite books?
Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.