Babies: in and out of the womb, while cuddling, helping to recognize people, places, and animals, hearing rhythm and rhyme.
|Gyo Fujikawa...beautiful books for baby and beyond!|
Toddlers: great learning time. They suck up knowledge!! Repeat stories often, shapes, colors, numbers - and best of all, more time spent with you:)
|another of Gyo's books|
|beautiful, inside and out|
Young ones (5-8ish): love humor and science - encourage both. Read stories about life skills: honesty, responsibility.
|Berenstain Bears teach lots of values|
|read Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books out loud to your kids:)|
|Harry Potter can lead to Stephen King later in life|
Every night at our house, I would read 1 or 2 books to the boys. They had decided when they were young that they wanted to stay in the same bedroom, so they were in their own beds with me on the floor between them reading. After books, Daddy would tell a made-up Hiawatha story, such as How the Skunk got its Stripe. The boys loved them! More great memories!
Now, for a moment of truth: neither boy enjoyed reading in high school or college!! Yikes, how did that happen?? But once they were out on their own I would share books that I loved. I convinced them to read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code which led them to appreciate reading again. I suggested a few more that they liked and now they do read much more often. Scott likes nonfiction best, while Chad enjoys Stephen King and that genre.
|a favorite before it became a bestseller|
I'm glad they have found a joy of reading, but even if they hadn't...I would have loved every minute of the time we spent with them reading together, telling stories, and enjoying our time together as a family!!
|An all-time favorite Richard Scarry book, along with|
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!!
Enjoy your reading time:)
D and C