If you had the opportunity to set your kids up for success, would you do it? Of course, you would. Currently, I am trying to set my daughter up for success by introducing her to the love of reading. We started reading to her at a very young age and now, at 4.5 years old, one of her favorite things to do is to curl up with a book, look at the pictures, and tell me the story. She doesn’t have the reading skills yet but we are working towards that.
I didn’t read a whole lot growing up because it was hard for me and I didn’t enjoy it. My childhood was already filled with school, Chinese school, extra Chinese homework, extra math homework, and writing exercises. The latter three was created for me by my mom. With the little bit of time I had left at the end of the day, the last thing I wanted to do is to read as I associated that with “more learning.”
When my daughter was born, I started to read to her when she was two months old. I read to her the Curious George series. I knew she wouldn’t understand but I was kind of interested in reading these books because I don’t recall reading them as a child. As she grew up, my spouse and I continued to read to her. Some days, we would read to her in the morning before we went to work, after work, and two books before bed. On the days she was sick at home, we would read even more.
We have books set up all over the house for her - in her bedroom, the bathroom, and in her play area. The majority of her books is set up in my office and organized by color because it is easier for her to chose from. You know how it is never a good thing when your child is quiet? This isn’t always the case for her because she is usually in front of her “library” and choosing a book to read.
In celebration of World Book Day, this post is one day early!
In the last couple of years, every time we were in a new area of our city or in a different town, we would try to visit the local library too. I thought it would be neat for her to see different libraries and what each one had to offer. She absolutely loves it and usually we spend about an hour at each different library.
Last year, we went to Kelowna, BC, for a summer vacation and sure enough, we stopped into the Okanagan Regional Library. Their library is bright and very child friendly. The kids area was storybook themed and just the cutest. One of my biggest takeaways was the pamphlet: One Hundred Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten. This list is by far the best one I’ve come across so far. If you are interested, you can get the PDF here.
Not only is this list a great starting point when you are not sure what other books to read or borrow from the library, but also a handy list if you want to buy books as gifts for young kids. Currently, we are making good progress on the list and I hope to have read all 100 books to my daughter before she starts Kindergarten this September. What are some of your favorite books to read to your child? I’m always up for book suggestions!