We introduced books to our children very early on. I remember having a children’s books library right from when I was pregnant with our first. I went on Amazon and looked at children’s best sellers and recommended books and then got them. I got books such as:
Usborne Touchy Feely books (That’s Not My Puppy, Touchy Feely Cars),
Allison Jay’s Counting Board Book,
Allison Jay’s ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet Book,
Wipe Clean Book Numbers 1-20.
I read to our son everyday and allowed him to interact with the books and when his sister joined around 21 months after he was born, she also met a good reading culture.
We later went on to start reading some of the books by Dr Seuss with titles such as The Cat in the Hat . I remember a particular Tickle book by Whybrow, Ian that was a huge favorite. At this time, we were living in Nigeria so I got most of the books from Amazon UK and had them shipped. Reading was that important and it still is. When they started school, we got the opportunity to sometimes borrow books from the school library but that wasn’t enough. We always bought more.
Our faith is very important to us as a family so we got some books that introduced the love of God to our children. Some of those books are by Max Lucado and they are huge favorites in our home. If you ever want to get them, I recommend “You Are Mine” and “Because I Love You”. Those books laid a good foundation for us to talk about God’s love for us.
I always say that if there’s ever a topic I am struggling to discuss with our children and I wasn’t sure how to start, all I have to do is find a book written about that topic, read reviews and then buy it. Heck, we were the parents who used a textbook everyday when our first child was born so we knew exactly what was happening and it was super helpful 🙂
I think one of the great benefits of reading with children often is that you might not necessarily need to teach them to read as they start to get familiar with words and might start to pick them up on their own. For beginning reading, I highly recommend Bob Books sets and the I Can read sets from Scholastic. These are leveled books that children can progress with.
One tip I would like to share as you read with your child who you want to teach to read is to make it fun and take it easy. When reading, point to the word from left to right and do it slowly so the child can follow the letters and see how you pronounce the words. This is very helpful in helping them to recognize the word.
I was so pleased to find that we could always go to our neighborhood library and borrow books and have so many choices. We went to the library once a week before Covid and we would typically join the summer challenges and so on. Things changed rapidly with the lockdowns, we spent more time on the screen, thank you online schooling. It’s not all bad because the children acquired a lot of computer skills but let’s face it, screens can get pretty addictive. We’ve always limited screen time. We have a no TV on school days policy during school time, which is still intact and then we used to do a maximum of two hours on weekends. There’s a lot more to do in life than watch TV, do you agree?
We’ve been struggling a bit with maintaining our screen boundaries, but we are getting back on track and I am creating a rewards system for reading more :-). The best news ever is also that our local library is now open! So, we will be off to the library later today so we can bury our noses in more books.
Some of the titles we’ve bought in recent times are Amelia Bedelia books, Roscoe Rylie Rules and I also got a set of the Chronicles of Narnia from a favourite website: Book Outlet. You might find some great bargains on this website for some good books.
If you like reading on screens like Kindle, Ipad and other tablets, then you might love websites such as Epic and Raz Kids. I recommend Reading Eggs if you have a child struggling to read. Please be patient with struggling readers, we all develop differently and my own child is proof that things do eventually happen if we are patient and persistent.
I went a step further and created a link to all the books I have mentioned in this post and you can find them here. If you choose to buy from this list, I get a stipend so let that factor into your decision making…hahaha..
Anyway, I hope you find this post helpful. If you do, please share with others and don’t forget to leave me a comment.
Love, light and joy always.