Last month I bantered about books I read in 2011 and books I want to read in 2012. This week I thought I’d turn the tables a little and banter about the books Lance likes to read… that inadvertently would also be books I read that I did not include in my earlier adult reading list, but since they are equally as important I decided to write about them today.
Let’s face it, every parent wants a smart child. Every parent wants their child to like books, read books, and all the while look smart while reading books. Therefore, every parent will undoubtedly take pictures of their baby posing with a book in hand at the young age of four months… or however old it is that they actually have the motor skills to hold a book just long enough for Mommy or Daddy to snap a picture. I did. I didn’t get too crazy and give him Shakespeare or anything like that… I used a book about dogs, but looking back he pretty much had no interest in the book at the time and the picture pretty much served as a way to make him look like a smart baby. Again, every parent will do this.
Some parents even read to their child every night from the time they bring them home from the hospital. Although it probably doesn’t hurt to do this, I was not one of those parents. I found reading to Lance a huge waste of time and completely frustrating when he was teeny tiny. When he was a newborn he would fall asleep or sit there all blob-like only concerned about the next feeding. When he progressed a few months he only wanted to rip the book out of my hands and put it into his mouth. And I wasn’t about to fight him to sit there like a hostage while I “force-read” to him. After all, I want him to like books, remember? So I waited until he was ready…
Of late, I am happy to report that he is really starting to take an interest in books and will sit and listen to a few select books. This is a start. He has a few favorites that I will list below, but first I have to gush about something he started doing about a week or two ago. He literally, I kid you not, picked up a book for the first time, brought it over to me and nestled his little self right into my lap and waited expectantly for me to begin reading. Talk about the best feeling ever. He was totally communicating his interest in reading to me, and it made my heart melt. Words cannot describe this feeling. I know reading is something parents should do for their children, but it is something that is equally (if not more) gratifying for me as a Mommy. I have been waiting and waiting for this stage to finally arrive and it is here.
Currently topping the charts on Lance’s reading list are:
1. Snowflake the Snowman by Unknown – This is the book he brought to me to read.
2. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt – He even participates in this interactive book 🙂
3. Farm Animals by Simms Taback’s
4. Babies by Shattil & Rozinski
5. Five Little Pumpkins by Unknown
6. Just a Snowy Day by Mercer Mayer
7. In My Forest by Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich
8. In My Tree by Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich
9. Whooo loves you? by Sandra Magsaman
10. Hello Pooh by A.A. Milne
Up and coming reading list… these are books that we usually get about half-way through before he decides he wants to eat the book… or close the book… or leave the premises:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
3. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Iza Trapani
4. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
5. Trusty Tractor by Unknown
At one of my baby showers, I asked for a book dedication in lieu of a card, so not surprisingly many of these books were gifts. Thank you fam & friends for all the good reads, most of which made the list!
Of course this is only a snapshot, and I really have no idea what he uses for his rating system. I’m just the Mom — callin’ it like I see it. I suspect it has something to do with graphics, colors, word schemes and other crafty, researched, tried-and-true methods of strategically placing the right words/pictures in the right places by child development experts. Just a hunch.
At this point, we haven’t quite graduated to any of the longer books with paper pages that he can shred to pieces. I think it’ll be awhile yet, too, since he still likes to eat the books when we are not reading. But I am happy to wait until he is ready for the likes of Dr. Seuss, Cat and the Hat, Berenstain Bears, etc… for now, I only look forward to see what the next board book he brings to me and parks in my lap for another read.
Here’s to reading to your children — one of the best gifts you can give them.
The (Book-loving) Banter Lady
Editor’s note: This list does not to include the German books Jan reads to him, but he can blog about that. Which he never will. Because I am the family blogger. And he probably prefers to keep it that way. But rest assured, Die deutsche Literatur der Kinder is plentiful in our home.