I love reading to my kids. And, they love me reading to them. Partly because they love to hear a good story, and partly because it prolongs that kiss goodnight followed by their bedroom door closing gently. I’ve read everything from “Goodnight Moon” to them when they were infants, to every single Mercer Mayer book as toddlers. We’ve taken a pig to school and a mouse to the movies. Eric Carle made us appreciate the butterfly’s metamorphosis. David McPhail has charmed us with favorites like “Mole Music.”
“The Kissing Hand” saw my first-born off to his first day of Kindergarten. And, “The Giving Tree” still makes my eyes water.
We’ve progressed from me reading Dr. Seuss to John Henry reading Dr. Seuss. The book fair loves us. And, my Barnes and Noble member’s card has more than paid for itself.
When John Henry saw me reading my own book the other day, he queried, “Does your book have chapters?”
“Yes,” I told him.
“Wow! I want some chapter books!” He decided.
He didn’t have to ask for “chapter books” twice. So, off we went in search of new books. With chapters. And, I decided to begin reading chapter books to them at night. John Henry picked out his own to read himself. I chose the classic, “Charlotte’s Web” to read to both of them. Each night I read one chapter – sometimes two – to them. The anticipation that builds from night to night on what Wilbur is going to get into or what that wise, old spider is going teach is just plain fun. And, great bonding time.
We’ve planned a “Charlotte’s Web” party once we finish the book which includes the movie and popcorn. No party is complete without Junior Mint and Sour Patch Kids. Of course, you already knew that. Then, we’ll be onto our next chapter book. And, our next book party.
What are some of your favorite books you read to your kids?