The movie “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” inspired the title for this post. My two year old loves to read which makes my heart happy! Sometimes I ask her to bring me a book to read to her, but more often than not, she asks me to read to her. And not only that, but I find her all the time just sitting reading to herself.
Now I know that she can’t actually read the words, but she’s looking at the pictures and she’s making up he own stories. Did I mention that this makes my heart happy?
I’ve been taking pictures of her reading lately and I wanted to share a few of them.
She reads in the car:
She reads in the boat:
She even reads with a goat! Just kidding. But I should totally find a goat and have her read with it!
Our local library had reading logs to motivate kids to read over the summer. We took in Kora’s reading log at the halfway point to claim our halfway prize – a coupon book for the Great American Cookie Company. This led to a trip to the mall for a free cookie!
After marking the log for 30 days, we took it to the library to claim her prize – a new book!
Here she is showing off her new book to her dad. She is so proud!
Also over the summer we filled out a reading log from HEB. After completing the log, we put it in an envelope and took it to the post office to mail off. She was so excited when she received a package from HEBuddy with a certificate and t-shirt!
Hopefully Kora’s love for reading will continue as she gets older. To encourage her, we read every night before bed and we visit the local library frequently. She thinks she’s such a big shot as she’s browsing through all the books. I’m hoping to introduce her to chapter books soon. Any suggestions for good books to hold a toddler’s attention?
I’m trying to write today’s blog post, but I have zero ideas on what to write. As I sit here and think, my daughter sitting next to me is watching Wild Kratts, or as she likes to call it, The Kratt Brothers. She asks me what I’m doing and I tell her that I’m trying to write but my brain is blocked. I ask her what I should write and she rattled off a list of things to write about:
- Kratt Brothers
- more ice
She then proceeded to take my computer and start typing:
Not bad for her first blog post.
Kora is very familiar with listing items and expecting me to incorporate them all into one story. This is one of our naptime/bedtime rituals. After we read a story, she will give me a list of items and I will make up a story. Sometimes she expects me to draw the story on her back as I’m telling it. Spoiled, I know!
I love this ritual of ours for several reasons:
- Sometimes the items on Kora’s list can be difficult to string together, but it’s a fun challenge. It’s a mental exercise for me – puts my brain to work.
- Kora gets to be a participant in this creative process – she gets to decide what the story is about.
- I get to spend some quality time with my child – She’s all snuggled up in bed and wanting her story. This is as much a part of her bedtime routine as brushing her teeth. It’s important to her so it’s important to me.
So now without further ado I give you a little snippet of tonight’s bedtime story:
Once upon a time the Kratt Brothers were crawling on the forest floor searching for bugs. They found a baby ladybug and activated their creature powers. In their ladybug creature suits, the brothers flew around and around until their little wings were tired and they needed to stop to rest. They stopped on a leaf and quickly fell asleep. When they woke up the brothers discovered that it had started to snow. It was too cold on the leaf for the ladybugs so they flew to a nearby house to get warm. The house was very dark so the Kratt Brothers started looking for a lamp. Chris couldn’t find a lamp, but he found a tv. Martin couldn’t find a lamp, but he found a refrigerator. The brothers decided they wanted to watch a show and eat some yummy food. But when they opened the fridge, all they found was ice….and more ice. The Kratt Brothers didn’t want to eat ice, so they deactivated their ladybug suits, walked home to the Tortuga and ate some pizza.
My husband recently read me some startling statistics that he saw posted on Facebook:
- One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
- 42% of college graduates never read another book after college.
- 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year
Even though I know Facebook is a completely reliable source and everything I read on it is true, I went ahead and did a quick Google search. All I could find was a couple of websites quoting the same statistics, but I could’t find the original source. The statistics are said to be from a 2003 survey from the Jenkins Group. I decided I could either spend my limited (and precious) time while my young girls are napping to research further or I could just accept the statistics as the truth. As I’m using these stats for a blog post and not for a graduate thesis, I’m just accepting it as truth.
But I really, really hope it’s not true. It’s can’t be true. It just can’t! I mean, how can people not EVER read a book again after high school or college? If these statistics are true, I pray that it’s not taking children’s books into consideration and that people are still reading books to the children.
PLEASE BE READING BOOKS TO YOUR CHILDREN!
By no means am I one of those people that read 52 books a year or more (well, I can easily read that in a month if we’re talking about books I read to my girls!), but I do try to read at least one book a month. It’s not always easy with two small children, but I try my best.
Even though I prefer to read physical books over e-books, I don’t buy books for a couple of reasons. For starters, there is only a small chance that I will reread a book and secondly, I don’t like storing books. They take up so much space on my shelves. Instead of buying books, I use the public library.
I am fortunate that I have an awesome library system! I can go online and make a request for a book. Once the book is available, it is pulled from the shelf and reserved for me. All I have to do is walk straight to the checkout desk and pick up my book. It makes my life easier!
The second floor of our library is pretty much dedicated to little kids – all the children’s books are up there along with a play area. Being away from the main library, the kids can play and I don’t have to worry about them being too loud and bothering other people.
I had some books to pick up today so I took the girls to play for a little bit. As the girls are playing, I started browsing through the aisles of chapter books. There are so many books that catch my eye! These are books for children and yet I want to read them! It is then that I make a decision – I want to start a book club that reads children’s books.
I’ve never started a book club or even been in a book club for that matter. I don’t know if anyone I know will be interested, but I’m going to start asking around. I’m hoping to find at least a couple of people who also enjoy children’s literature. We can read classics like Charlotte’s Web and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or silly books like Junie B Jones. There are so many books to choose from.
I am posting this here as a way to hold myself accountable: I am going to start a children’s literature book club this year. There I said it. It’s out there for all the world to see, so now I have to do it. I’ll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!