Reading is a gift, a renewable, ever changing, gift that covers all ages and stages of life.
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- A Bear Called Paddington
- Little Golden Books
- The Velveteen Rabbit
- A Treasury of Curious George
- Elmo's Big Book of Friends
- My Favorite Berenstain Bears Collection
- Classic Storybook Fables
- On the Night You Were Born
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
How to keep your child entertained while reading:
What happens when they have a favorite book and they just don't want you to read another?
First of all don't worry, that is perfectly normal. Certain books just have that quality that makes children want to hear the story again and again. This is actually a great time to teach them to sight read certain words, because they already know the story off by heart. Pointing to the words and showing them how the word sounds out, will help them to recognize that word in other stories too. When our children would ask for the same story over and over and over again, we got creative in telling the story so that we would not be bored to tears. I can remember one night in particular, when it was Dad's turn to read, he was so tired of reading story the way it was written, that he took the book and read it backwards. Starting at the last page, he worked his way to the front and the children laughed and laughed so hard, that I needed to get up and see what in heaven's name was going on. Well, needless to say from that point onwards, the children wanted the book read forwards and backwards. Bedtime or reading time was just increased another 15 minutes to accommodate the extra reading. What a great way to make them enjoy their stories in a whole new way.
Other Great Ways to Get Children Started on Reading!
Reading starts with children grabbing a book and turning the pages. As I said earlier, you can't start this habit too early. So get your babies/children books that are make especially for them. There are soft books made of fabric, that can be put into cribs or playpens. They are usually filled with colorful pages and pictures. Even babies love to turn pages that have something special on them. Books with flaps that lift, tabs to pull and bits and pieces of sensory friendly fabrics are a must have for little hands. Tactile fabrics, squeakers or buttons that you can push are extras that little hands just love to play with.
For Parent's Who Love to Tell Stories
For Parent's who are natural story tellers, there are also some really great picture books that will help you tell stories and get your child to interact at the same time. Our children loved the "Where's Waldo" books. They would sit for long periods of time looking at all the different pictures and looking for Waldo, who, you knew, was hiding in the pages somewhere. What made these fun and interactive was the places and situations that Waldo would find himself in.
Richard Scarry books are also great for young readers. They can learn about trucks and trains, planes and places. His wonderfully illustrated books make it easy for parents to tell the story and sometimes segue into stories of their own. Your imagination and the help of these books will fuel your child's world and widen their perspectives on everyday things around them.
We are our children's first educators and we teach them by spending quality time with them in a number of activities. Reading is one of the most important activities. It's the start of a life long love of books, that will see your children expand their horizons and will help educate them too.
It all starts with ABC and it will take them anywhere their minds can imagine and more. Avid readers are the start of a life long love of learning new things. They will develop a critical mindset that will help them in their everyday lives as they grow and mature. Reading will never ever go out of style or popularity either. Books will remain part of their lives from now until they are reading to their children too!
Will your favorites as a child, become your children's favorites too?
It could happen, but they might also find a story that is their own favorite and that is okay too! There isn't one book that is "better" than another. Everyone needs to find their own favorites and expand from that point on! Books will give your child more than a 30 second sound bite of information. Let's encourage our children to make good choices in how they spend their leisure time by having some great books for them at all stages of their reading skills.
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