I have loved books and reading (anything) since I was a young child. I loved all kinds of books- babysitters club, goosebumps, a gymnastics series. I even studied English and Creative Writing in College because I was so drawn to literature. I knew that when I had children of my own, I would surround them with the written word. My son's bookshelf is already full of stories and adventures. We read to Aiden as often as we can- it's great bonding time and we love watching his little facial expressions. Please enjoy this article on the importance of books and reading.
Learning to Read
By: Kathleen Thomas
- Ask your child’s teacher for a list of books that relate to what is happening at school; buy or borrow these books from the library and read them together at home
- Surround children with age-appropriate books on a variety of subjects
- Read stories to children daily from infancy and encourage them to participate in the story
- Always keep favorite books in the car for “waiting” periods and long trips
- Older children, preschool and above, who have been read to will proudly “read” their favorite familiar books aloud. They will usually retell the story as they turn the pages and point to the illustrations. Sometimes children will make up entirely different stories to go with the pictures. This is a significant stage in literacy development because children are demonstrating that they know books are meant to communicate stories. They are “getting” it.
What is your favorite child's book? What books did/do your children like?