I have always loved reading. My mom used to call me a book nerd. It’s her fault though! I remember many nights of us sitting in the corner of our sectional couch with a little scribbler, practising my spelling and reading. I owe my literacy to her. The time she spent with me not only contributed to my fast reading skills, love of grammar, and super spelling, but it was wonderful bonding time as well. Those moments bring back such happy memories. In fact, I still have my little scribbler with her writing in it.
I want my daughter to be a good reader. She doesn’t necessarily have to love reading, but I never want her to struggle with words, spelling, or comprehension. For this reason, I read with her every day. It does not matter that she is only 4 months old. She already laughs and smiles when I pull out her favourite books. I make animated voices, and I always make sure to point to the pictures when I am saying the words. She even follows with her eyes, so I know she is paying close attention. Last week we signed her up for her first library card (so exciting, right?!). Our public library is just down the road from our house, within walking distance. The library offers many free programs for parents and their babies. Check out your local libraries to see what they have to offer!
Since we are avid readers, my little one and I have a list of our favourite books to share with you. I cannot wait to add to this list with new selections as she grows. I also cannot wait until she enters the world of Harry Potter (fingers crossed that she doesn’t think Harry Potter is ancient). For now, these are our top picks:
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You– another great one from the writer of “On the Night You Were Born”. I think I love this one just as much. The pictures are so pretty, and the words are meaningful. I cannot wait until my daughter is a little older and understands what I am reading to her. For now, I will just tear up on my own while she stares at me wondering what the heck I am doing.
Early literacy is super important for the cognitive growth of your little one. I won’t get into the number of studies that have been conducted but you can research if you’d like. Choosing books that you can read together will promote language development, bonding, and is an easily adaptable activity. You can point to pictures, sing the words, and teach numbers, colours, and shapes. Reading with my daughter now will prepare her for school down the road (even if I don’t want to talk about it because she is my baby and is growing way too fast).
I would love to hear about your favourite books! I am always open to suggestions for Ava and me, but I also like to read on my own (books with more than 4 words per page) 🙂 . Cheers!