Reading to Apollo was something that was very important to me. I wanted him to grow up with a fondness for books that foster his imagination. When he was an infant, I started the habit of reading to him with the help of Bookroo (more later). For awhile, it seemed silly. The older he got, the sillier it seemed. He wanted absolutely nothing to do with the books. Reading to Apollo was easier when he was an infant. He was immobile and he had no choice but to listen. Then he started crawling and away he went when I would attempt to sit him down. It felt like the biggest waste of time.
Then, one day, I found him sitting in the middle of the living room floor flipping through a book. Later that night, he grabbed a book from his box, walked over to me, and sat on my lap. I nearly died in awe! Ever since then, we would spend a few minutes together cuddled up with a book. His new appreciation for books has me so elated. The more young children are exposed to language, via reading aloud, the greater the potential for language skills down the road.
I am no expert in childhood literacy. I am a mama with a little boy with an affinity for books. So I figured I’d share some of my tips with you for raising a reader.
Tips for raising a reader.
- Start early.
- Even when it seems like they could care less. Keep at it. A little bit a day goes a long way. Their attention span is built one page, one book, and one day at a time.
- Let them choose the book.
- Toddlers love having a sense of control as they navigate this new stage of life. I love watching Apollo’s face when I ask him to get a book. I can almost see his mind ticking along as his eyes divert from one cover to another.
- Change up your voice to encourage engagement.
- I try to play around (terribly) with different accents and sounds.
- Keep books within reach.
- Easy access keeps books/reading in mind.
- Sign up with Bookroo.
- Bookroo is a book monthly subscription box curated specially for your child’s age group. I don’t have time to research the newest and latest in children’s books. Bookroo does the work for me and ships beautifully wrapped books at my door once a month. They have affordable packages for 1, 3, 6 and 12 month memberships.
This post is in collaboration with Bookroo. All thoughts and opinions are my own.