One thing we have made a point of doing since Becca was born is to read to her every single day. Honestly, I felt kind of foolish reading to a newborn who obviously wasn’t interested and cried most of the time. But, we kept it up, and it has truly paid off.
Our child LOVES books. And, I’m not just talking about throwing them on the ground, tearing the pages, or chewing on them… although, she does all of those things from time to time.
For the most part, she actually loves reading with us.
In the beginning, we struggled to make it through 2 or 3 books a night. She was a baby, and she had needs more pressing than reading. She wanted fed, she wanted held, she wanted her diaper changed- she didn’t really want to sit and look at books. But, we did it anyway. Eventually, she would sit through 4 to 5 books before bed, and now we read 10 books every night as part of our bedtime routine.
Yes… 10 BOOKS! You can imagine how we have come to know every word to every book we own.
Even if you haven’t been reading as often to your child, or if it is not yet part of your bedtime routine, it’s not too late to start! Young children pick up on new routines so quickly. If your child is not one to sit for long periods of time, try reading one book that they have an interest in. Whether it be a lift-the-flap book, one that makes sound, a touch-and-feel book, or one with no words- just sitting through one book at a time is a major accomplishment, and they will truly soak it up like the little sponges they are!
After 11 months of reading every day, Becca now knows the word “book” when we say it and immediately goes to get one. She brings books over to us when she wants to read, and it is often the only way to calm her down for bed at night. If we try to lay her down before she has had her books, it usually doesn’t end with a peacefully sleeping baby.
We love lift-the flap, touchy feely, and board books the most in our house. With any toddler, you want sturdy books that don’t easily bend, tear, or soak up water- as all of those things are likely to happen!
With the holiday season fast approaching, I want to share our 10 favorites with you! If you don’t have these already, or if you have a child on your Christmas list this year, look into these. We have every single one of them and love them all!
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Our 10 Must-Have Books
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! (Sophie La Giraffe)
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
God Bless You and Good Night
Jellycat If I were a Giraffe Book
God Gave Us You
Giraffes Can’t Dance
The Going-To-Bed Book
Moo Baa La La La
The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever
Do you have favorite books that you read with your toddler? Tell me about them in the comments below!