“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
I will never forget how happy I was when my girls became old enough to listen to the books I was reading to them.
We started reading to them when they were just days old. I have a favorite video of my husband about 1 week after we brought our first daughter home from the hospital. He was reading her an alphabet book while she squirmed, impatiently waiting for me to feed her. Though she had no clue what was going on, my heart bursts when I watch it.
Reading to them at such a young age may seem redundant since they are clueless as to what you are saying or doing but I knew I wanted to instill a love of books in them from day one. And I am happy to say we have accomplished what we set out to do. As they have grown older, we continued reading daily until the day came that they actually sat and listened to the stories we were telling.
Now here we are, chubby hands turning pages of their own as I sit back and sigh about the idea of my girls getting older and gaining independence.
The time, where ever does it go?
They are also fascinated with attempting to read to each other, which is also adorable to witness.
Even if you weren’t as proactive as we were about reading to them so young, it is never too late to start! So whether you are just starting to build a library or are looking for some new page-turners to add to your shelves, here is a list of the top 7 books that have made a mark on our lives. We have some great memories with these guys and I will never forget them as my girls grow up.
1.Giraffes Cant Dance- A wonderfully fun read that encourages children to try, try again. You can do anything you put your mind to!
2. Pete the Cat – Pete is a really cool dude who doesn’t get bothered by much. He could teach all of us a thing or two about how to react to dirty shoes (or, life’s ups and downs).
3. Always Daddy’s Princess– We don’t want our babies to grow up, but the inevitable truth is that they will. But they will always be ours. Grab a tissue for this one.
4. Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type– The title pretty much says it all. It’s fun and light hearted, be prepared to MOO.
5. Little Blue Truck– This book required me to practice my animal sounds but for good reason.
6. How to Catch Santa– A best-seller sequel to the best-seller How to Catch a Babysitter. I would be lying if I said my girls didn’t want try to a few of these tactics after reading this one.
7. Press Here– Another best-seller but it obvious why after you glance through the pages. Very cleverly written and exciting every time we read it.
What are some of your family’s favorite books and why? I can’t wait to hear your recommendations!
I’m a family photographer in the St. Louis area. I blog about my photography sessions, raising young children and what moms should know when they’re looking to hire a family photographer. If that’s interesting to you, sign up below to get email updates straight to your inbox. Thanks for reading!