when we moved into the house and filled the bookshelf with books, we intentionally left 1 square for his books, wanting them to always be accessible to him. and he regularly (multiple times a day) goes to his little reading corner and sits and pulls the books off the shelf. but he’s not just pulling them down to make a mess – he sits and turns the pages of most of them, looking at the images on each page and babbling to himself like he’s reading.
I also leave a couple of books in his crib at all times that he always looks at and “reads” when he wakes up in the morning or from his nap. He may snuggle a little with the teddy bears in his crib, but it’s the books he most enjoys and interacts with until we go and get him “up.”
and several weeks ago he started carrying a book over to wherever we were and holding it out saying “bah? bah?” again, initially we thought he was just handing us the book like toddlers often like to hand you their toys. nope, he definitely wants us to read it to him. if we sit down on the floor with the book he immediately turns around and “backs in” to us and plops right down on our lap, hands placed contentedly and happily on his thighs as he waits for you to start reading. it is adorable!
he brings me books to read frequently throughout the day. and since i definitely want to encourage a love for and joy in reading, i try my best to stop and read him the book(s) whenever possible.
he has also surprised us at how long he will sit while we read to him – often for 4-5 books straight! he loves to turn the pages himself and we have encouraged interaction by asking him to point out various things, or what a certain animal says. i recently came across a blog post by a friend of mine with points and reasons why repetition in reading the same books over and over is not something to be concerned about but rather, is helpful and good for children’s development! i found this very helpful and encouraging since 1) Jack definitely has 2-3 clear favorites that he prefers above the others and wants to read over and over and 2) we only have about 10 books currently on his shelf and now i’m far less concerned about some super strong need to present him with a huge variety of books right now.
current favorites are:
Good Night Moon, in which he can and likes to point out the red balloon and the fire, haha! he also knows the stars and occasionally can identify the moon (a little hard when it takes different shapes on various pages, plus it sounds just like “ballOON”).
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear is especially fun because Jack can make so many of the animal sounds when we ask, “what does a _____ say?”
bear – “raaah!”
dog dog – “oof”
sheep – “bah!”
kitty cat – “meee”
horsey – “naaaay”
birdy – “teee teee”
and my 2 favorites –
fishy – he opens and closes his mouth, with his lips making a slight popping sound as they smack apart HAHAHA
dolphin – he totally clicks his tongue to the roof of his mouth! there are foam/plastic dolphins hanging from the ceiling where Jack has his little swim lessons, so Zach thought he would try teaching him “what does a dolphin say?” and i was so shocked that he actually imitated the clicking sound right away!
and The Going to Bed Book.