WE LOVE BOOKS!
I have a strong memory of being a little girl and my Mum saying good night and then telling my sister and I to 'not read all night'. Of course we tried a couple of times! My sister still has a problem with being able to close the book and turning off the light when she has a great book on the go.
Every time I think of the gorgeous dog that we had (a Boxer named Wednesday) the image that come to mind first is of my sister on the couch reading a book and the dog sitting with her, head on her lap. (I'm going to hunt about and see if I have a photo of this!)
Books were freely available to us and we read and read until we couldn't keep our eyes open. I'm not sure how that happened, but Mum and Dad read quite a bit too. (They taught themselves English from children's books, so I am told. ) Not sure I have told them this before, so I'm going to say it here - "Mum & Dad THANK YOU for teaching me to love books!"
Before I had Lucas I would dream of all the books that I would buy and read to my kids. Being of Danish descent I have had a Hans Christian Anderson book (or three) in my book shelves all my life. I would buy beautiful books and imagine reading them, books with pretty pictures or a great rhythm. I would buy books for friends children and my niece and nephew.
I'm so happy now when Lucas chooses a book at night time he usually asks for two, or three, and then tries to negotiate a looong one please! Sometimes when I feel tired I have to remind myself that this is the good part!
A love of books stays with you but I think you have to start early!
A few years back I read these 10 tips from Mem Fox and they have stayed with me, sometimes as a dream (snuggly, cozy reading time) and sometimes as a nightmare. (the SAME book 3 times a day EVERY day! Serious Boredom!)
Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments
* Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
This is as important for fathers as it is for mothers!
Of course we are telling you this because we have NEW BOOKS in our stock list. We have books that are perfect to keep your little one engaged and even to educate (without them knowing!)
Go to our READ section here to have a look at the books we have for you.
PS: feel free to leave us a comment to suggest some books that your little one (or you) love! Daddy-O loves The Sneetches, I like The Great Sheep Shenanigans (and ZOG, Room on a broom etc) Lucas likes ANYTHING which has wheels! Actually this week he loves MORE BEARS! (he gets to shout when we turn the page!)
P.P.S - Don't you LOVE your local library!
- Helle Warming