I believe there are only a few parenting recommendations that carry as much weight as read to your children. I have always loved books, and I am usually reading at least one book at any given time. Before I had children I knew that when I finally had them I would instill the same love of reading in them.
My husband and I started reading to our children every night as soon as they were born. We even read to our preemie son every night that he was in the NICU. In addition to the educational benefits, reading promotes bonding and it prepares children for life. Reading allows children to experience incredible adventures in a fun and safe environment. Reading provides an amazingly powerful opportunity for kids to learn and imagine – even if it’s for only 30 minutes a day.
As my children grow older, we have developed a list of favorite books. I, as well as my children, will always cherish these books because they are tied to our family’s personal memories. Following is a list of four of our favorites. I highly recommend them! But the specific books you choose to read with your children are not nearly as important as simply reading something that is fun and interesting. Essentially, what I am saying is Just Read. Find the time. Make it a priority. See how something as simple as reading creates cherished moments with your children.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
The little blue truck teaches the fun of helping others – and how even the littlest one can be a big help!
Belly Button Book! by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton is one of my favorite children’s authors and I’m a sucker for books that rhyme. This is a story about hippos loving their belly buttons. Sounds like a winner to me!
Little Bee Finger Puppet Book by Chronicle Books
With a myriad of animals and fish to choose from, this finger puppet book will get everyone smiling.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
This is a fun and simple flap book about animals that walks the reader through a zoo. The book is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year
What are some of your favorite books to read as a family?