Thursday, January 16, 2014

Books for Your Little One

My love for reading is something that I wish to instill in Connor. The perks for enjoying reading are numerous. From reducing stress to increasing vocabulary, the benefits of reading are outstanding. On any given day, I read 5-7 books to Connor. If given the chance, he will pick the same 2-3 books over and over again. I try to stick with books that have a lesson in them. Although, he is still small, I want to take every chance I get to teach him a thing or two. Here are a few of Connor's favorites:



Like I mentioned before, I like reading books for Connor that provides him with the chance to learn something new. Playtime Music Box offers him the chance to push particular buttons depending on each story. Since he is a huge fan of music, he tends to push more than one button. That's okay though because hearing him "sing" and watching him dance is tons of fun. When we read this book, I make a point to tell him what he is pushing so when we get the chance to read the book start to finish, he can help by pushing the correct button. 

When we read the Sesame Street series, Connor learns simple words, about the first day of school, his opposites and the four seasons. I like to ask him to point out certain things in each book (dog, cat, book bag, tree, flower, Elmo, Big Bird). I find that it keeps him interested in the book and he is recognizing which picture matches the word I'm saying. From time to time, when pointing at the dog, he will bark as well.

My First Words at the Zoo teaches him about the animals, people and things we will find when we visit the zoo. This one is a little tougher on him since it's not every day that he sees a giraffe or rhino but he is getting better and better each time we read the book. He can easily pick out George, The Man with the Yellow Hat and any bird (parrot) pictured. I should add that this is the book we read more than any other per Sir Connor's orders.

While there are plenty of other books that I can share with you that Connor and I read daily, these 6 are our go to books. Having the 10-15 minutes, 2-3 times a day of reading time is so important. Connor looks forward to it and I know that if nothing else, James and I have given him the opportunity to love reading and to discover new things.

What are some of your favorite books to read to your little one(s)? I'm always looking for a new book to share with Connor.
 

10 comments:

  1. Henry's absolute favorite books are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, and Dr. Suess' ABC's . One is definitely not as educational as the others, but like Connor, Henry loves books and we could spend all day every day reading if it were up to him. He probably owns over 100 books already, most that we've picked up at thrift stores or yard sales for $.25 or so.

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    1. I need to spend more time in thrift stores!!

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  2. any Eric Carile book (brown bear, catapillar, etc) is a favorite here. Callie also loves the little blue truck books - great lessons and lots of animals and colors and counting to be learned too. Have you seen the Highlights Hello series? it's a monthly baby magazine. Callie will just sit and "read" those by herself!

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  3. I'm kind of in love with any/all Sandra Boynton books. They are board books that aren't too long, rhyme, and have simple pictures that littles seem to love. My personal favorites of hers: But Not the Hippopotamus, 15 Animals, and Barnyard Dance.

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    1. I need to look into those! Thanks for the suggestions!

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  4. Dig Dig Digging was a smash hit at our house when our son was bitty. I never really worry about whether a book has a lesson, since the act of reading itself is a lesson in so many ways. :)

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  5. Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss - got it for high school graduation from a favorite teacher. It spoke to me so much that day and still does!

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    1. I have that book with notes from former coworkers in it from when I changed jobs. Such a good book!

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