If you’ve been following me anywhere on the blog or on Twitter, you’ll know that we do a LOT of reading at our house! My son is a bit delayed with speech – he’ll be 3 this month and is still only saying just a few words – so the best thing we can do is read, read, read! He’s also in school 3-5 mornings a week, so while they read there, we also try to have a routine of reading at our house.
I’ll admit it, prior to the kid going to school, I was TERRIBLE at reading to them. I know it seems so weird since I’m such a reader myself, but after the baby came last August, we fell into this horrible routine of movies and free play and less books. After I read ‘The Five Love Languages of Children’ I realized how crucial my time is with my kids. Sure, I spend LOTS of time with them but reading can be so interactive! It helps bring me and the kids together and they love that time with mom.
Currently our reading usually happens after lunch, before naptime. We have a BIG basket of books on the big table in the playroom just for library books (up high so my monster little girl can’t get to them) and we have a shelf of our own books in the playroom. Since my son has a routine at school each month where they learn new letters, colours, and try to read books to coincide with those letters, I’ve made our own set up to match theirs. Right now the letter is ‘W’ and our books are all ‘W’ books!
What are our favourite books right now? SO MANY! I seriously love kid books and I love it when I find a new fun one to read to the kids!
If You Give A Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
These books are SO cute! I love how they come full circle by the end. We’ve read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and it’s cute, too, but I love this one the best. I like using ones with foods that the kids know and love – next on our list will be If You Give A Pig A Pancake!
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Melissa Everett
This is a book that I don’t usually read to both kids, but it stays in the little girl’s room for bedtime. My son loves Oliver Jeffers’s ‘Boy’ books and I wanted to get something that had a girl in it for the little girl’s room. I initially got this one and another one, Rock-A-Bye Baby, from the library and we loved reading them, so I bought this one as well as Star Light Star Bright so we could enjoy them at bedtime. The illustrations by Oksana Pasishnychenko are beautiful!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
This one was a lot of fun to read! I loved the repetition of the main verse “We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one” and my son loved that he could press the buttons to make sounds for all the different places the family goes to catch a bear – through the grass, through the mud, etc. This is one that I would love to have in our collection (since our copy is a library book)!
Otter Goes to School by Sam Garton
This book we just read last week for the first time. We took it out after seeing it on the new book display at the library and it was adorable! It’s one of those books that would make a great teacher gift, I think. Also, it’s great to read a book that’s about everyone being good at something. There are days where I wonder when my boy will talk, but then I remember how many things he’s so good at! My son loved this book because he ALSO goes to school – it was fun pointing at pictures and asking, “Is this your teacher?” and having him laugh and say, “No!”
I also recently signed the kids up for a fun book subscription box, Lillypost! I signed them up for the year and they’ll get 4-5 picture books in the mail each month, each of them individually wrapped, which I know they’ll love. I also signed up my son for Chirp magazine since he loves to look through magazines and from what we’ve seen in past issues, they give great ideas of ways to have fun at home!
What are some of your favourite books to read to your kids these days?