- Published on Thursday, 06 September 2012 01:50
According to HolidayInsights.com today is Read a Book Day. Our friend Kristen at Cute Beltz asked the question, "What's your child's favorite book?"
My children enjoy different books at different stages of their development. During their younger years, all of my kids have most enjoyed picture and photo books.
My eldest son is 13 years old and has been reading since the age of about two. He had an early interest in books, like my daughter (below). He currently likes to read books in a series. I never really know what will spark his interest so I allow him to browse through the library and choose books of his own pleasing. His most recent book series of choice was the Rangers Apprentice series.
I sometimes create my own books for my children using their photographs. My daughter has always loved her, "We love you...just the way you are!" book. She first began reading/viewing the book at the age of 2.5 and quickly memorized it. This continues to be one of her all-time favorite books, years later. She'll often ask me, "Mom. You say in my book that you love me no matter what, right? So even if I was naughty or unkind today, you still love me, right? That never stops?" This book has been a great communication tool for us. She has BIG emotions (as Wendy from Kidlutions calls them) and creating a personalized book that assures her of our love was one way we've been able to help her communicate those feelings.
My daughter is five years old now. In addition to the book named above she enjoys books about counting, the ABC's, silly rhyming stories, and books that make her laugh. She quite likes the Dr. Seuss series at the moment - especially Wacky Wednesday. She loves anything and everything about Kindergarten because she is very proud of the fact that she is now a BIG ol' Kindergartner.
Our youngest son, age 3, took longer to enjoy books. He is also a tornado-of-a-kid and we had to keep books away from his reach for a while. He would color on them, tear them up and so on. Generally speaking, we offered him cloth books to flip through as a youngster. His interest in books has increased over the last year, primarily because Daddy reads to him. He wants Daddy! So it's Daddy that he gets. They like to read counting books, books about trucks and anything with the color purple in it (our son loves purple). Just recently, he asked me to make him a special personalized book. I have been waiting for that moment to arrive! I have the book all created and simply need to print and bind.
Our newborn hasn't quite picked her genre yet (wink). We sometimes sit with her, in the room, reading with the other kids. She watches us all with intensity so I imagine she'll be a book lover, also.
My husband loves anything political, theological or historical. With a background in politics, theology and history, that makes sense! As for me...I was bound and determined to complete my Kazdin Method of Parenting book quickly. That did not happen. I hope to finish soon.
Over the years, raising my own children, and working with children, I have learned: one of the best ways to raise a reader is to BE one. If our kids see our own enjoyment of the written word, they are more likely to appreciate it, also. A home full of books is a great place to start.
Happy Read a Book Day!
Shara Lawrence-Weiss is the owner of Mommy Perks, Kids Perks, Early Childhood News and Resources, Personal Child Stories and all additional sites under the Pine Media umbrella. She has four children (2 boys, 2 girls) and has a background in small business ownership, freelance, marketing, nanny work, early childhood, education, special needs and charity service. Shara serves as the secretary of her town charity group and the treasurer of the local library Board. She's been known to drink too much coffee and snort while laughing.