From JDaniel’s babyhood I read to him. He never wanted to sleep and seemed to be always awake. I sang to him, I bounced him in a boucy seat, and I read to him. He mostly got to hear the text from picture books and board books. There were times when he got to hear me read the newspaper, cookbooks, magazine articles, and well just about everything I was reading.
He really like to hear the tone of my voice and the inflections I made as I read various texts.
Not only was he hearing what I was reading, but he was seeing both my husband and I holding reading material. From a very early age he saw that reading was important to us.
When I packed the car for roadtrips, I always packed books. During roadtrips when JDaniel was little I sat in the backseat and read to him. He had favorites like Good Night Moon, but he loved it when I packed new books. He really loved books that had texture like Good Night Moon.
Books went with us to restaurants, doctor’s appointments, and on picnics. They were just a part of what went into his diaper bag.
Library trips were really important when he was little and still are today. We would go on treasure hunts to find books I thought he would like and then sit among the shelves on the floor and read them.
It was no surprise to me when at just under two JDaniel would crawl over to one of the book baskets spread around the house to pull out a book and look at it. Literally I had baskets in the bathroom, kitchen, living room, and each bedroom. If I got busy with making a bed or a meal, he just pulled out a book. He got into trouble too, but he loved to look at books.
Our library bag is usually filled with a little of both I think it is important for him to have new books that are fiction and non-fiction. I also have tons of books from when I was a teacher. I try to rotate in new fiction and non-fiction books regularly that are on his bookshelves and around the house.
How have I worked on growing a reader?
- access to books of all kinds that JDaniel can reach for
- display that reading is important by reading yourself
- read regularly at bedtime or other times during the day
- bring books with you when you leave the house
- exposed him to all types of reading material (fiction, non-fiction, atlases, dictionaries, etc..)
- picture walk through books and talk about what he saw in the pictures.
- seek out books on topics my child is interested in.
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