As a teacher and life-long avid reader I've long known the importance of reading early on to kids, starting in infancy. This is one of the activities I was most looking forward to doing with my own kids. I had all sorts of visions of snuggling with my baby and good little books. And Lord knows I've tried.
Andrew has tons and tons of books, and he really likes them too. He loves to pull them off his shelf, have one in hand, or in a bucket or bag. Given the opportunity, he'll devour them. Seriously. As in, with his teeth. Andrew will bring a book to me, drop it on me, then run off. We try to read to him, but he runs off before we even finish a page. Honestly, he'll only sit with me for about a minute before running off. Andrew has no patience for a story, though he does like to point to pictures and hear their names, and he will point to what I ask him.
However, I've been feeling like a bad mom because I never seemed to actually read a story to him. I read and hear of other moms who read several books daily to their babies and toddlers. I was hoping to make some real progress once summer vacation started.
But, things have a way of working out. Last week Andrew decided during his bedtime routine that he wanted a book. We pulled out a favorite (of mine, at least) called, "Kiss Kiss". Brian read the story while I held Andrew on my lap in the rocker. On each page that said, "kiss kiss" I kissed Andrew, then he would kiss the baby hippo on the page. It was awesome. And the most awesome-ist part? Andrew has wanted to do this every night since. And we've obliged, happily.
I'm so incredibly thrilled with this next step for Andrew, and I can't wait to venture further than "Kiss Kiss" with him.
What's your favorite children's story?