“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
~ Mary Ellen Chase
Livi is in love … with her books. It has been an ongoing love affair.
Her first “toy” was a cloth book. She loved to touch it, amazed at the sounds it made, and she enjoyed the brightly colored pictures.
Then she discovered board books. Unfortunately, she loved them a little too much and they would always end up in her mouth.
But soon she found out that board books were fantastic stacking material. It was one of the first “games” she played on her own: moving books from one stack to another and back again. But she never had the patience to just sit and look at a book or to have us read a story to her.
Lately, however, this too has changed. Ever since she started talking more, she has also shown more interest in looking at books and listening to stories. Now she cannot get enough. If it were up to her, she would spend the whole day with her books.
She loves going to the bookstore. Most of our visits include story time where she gets to pick a few books and we read them to her. We also usually end up buying a new book, if not for her sake than for our own. Given the amount of time we spend with her books, it is nice to have a big selection to choose from.
I am thrilled, of course, that she shows a real interest in books. I loved reading as a child and during the summer months, I would read as many books as I possibly could. I still love reading just as much if not more, though I can hardly find the time anymore.
Books are such a great way to awaken a child’s imagination and I find that she picks up a lot of new words along the way. So I could not be happier with her “newly discovered” love for books.
Of course the challenge now is to find books that are worthwhile and fun at the same time. Luckily, I know of a few good sources:
- Oster’s Mom at discoveranddevour posts great book reviews and we have already found a number of great books thanks to her.
- Sleeping Mom @ Sleeping Should Be Easy recently posted a great list of books and there are even more recommendations in the comments to her post.
At what age did your child show a real interest in books? Do you also have a big selection of children’s books at home or do you keep it to a minimum? What do you do with the books your child has outgrown? Do you have any recommendations for good books or another great source?