Book Club (four)
We haven't slowed down on our reading over here! Now, it's about when to find time to read books to Arlo one on one without having Remy come over and steal it away. Usually when Remy is down for naps and Arlo is still hanging out before hers, is when we find time to sit and look at books together. Or, I try to sit on the floor with a stack and read to them both together, even though they are at different stages, reading is reading.
I started reading books to Remy when she was an infant, maybe around 6 months or so, and attending story times and visiting libraries, maybe ben earlier. Remy really began speaking words and becoming super verbal around 15 months and now makes complete sense, requests things, answers questions and is questioning and pointing out everything she knows. On Sunday she pointed at a flashy green and black parked motorcycle, "Look! Look Mama! Motorcycle!" She surprises me with what she does know! Saturday night she woke up with a bad tummy and she picked out a book to read, "The Nose Book," and she pointed at the animals on the page, "Pig! Moose!" Motorcycle and moose may seem pretty easy, but when you become a parent and see the development unfold and the language skills forming, it's pretty cool!
I once heard from a childhood literacy teacher at the thrift store, it's not WHAT you are reading to them, its just the fact that you are reading!
Every night before bed though, that is our time to snuggle up in Remy's arm chair in her room and we read two to three books before bed. Now through ought the day she pulls out books from her shelves in her room or downstairs in her play area and will sit with them all around her and flip through and try to "read" to herself.
I think I have mentioned before that when I shop for books, I keep a running list on my phone of titles I see from blogs I read, but mostly from being in Barnes and Noble and picking them up and reading the new titles here and there. Then, when I go thrifting and check the book section, I look for any books that strike me really, but I have that list in my head to refer back to as well.
A couple Saturdays ago while thrifting I hit the book jack pot! I found TWO brand new copies of books I have been wanting for Remy; "The Very Inappropriate Word," by Jim Tobin (so relevant for Remy lately if you have read my Remy Said post), and "Iggy Peck Architect," by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. Both are SO GREAT! I discovered both of those originally from trips to Barnes and Noble.
Then, I first heard about Skippyjon Jones books from the story time at Barnes & Noble around Halloween- they read on elf the Halloween themed books in this series. While thrifting that one lucky Saturday recently, I nabbed a copy of, "Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice." These books are very clever! We also were super happy and appreciative when Remy's little friend Leif gifted her a fresh, brand new copy of "The Day the Crayons Quit," by Drew Dewalt. All of these are so creative with amazing illustrations.
Hate to boast on and on about this thrifting Saturday book treasure, but, eek, lastly, we have been reading the perfect condition copies of two Little Golden Books, "Saggy Baggy Elephant, " and "Tawny Scrawny Lion." Classics for a reason. Now, I am on the hunt for more Little Golden books!
Still checking out library books and I am TERRIBLY LATE on our ones from the downtown main branch... eek! That reminds me...
What books were your favorites growing up or are you reading to your little ones?