When is it time to start reading to your child? I’m sure that Darcey is starting to understand things around her and what I am saying. I think it’s really important to start exploring books and sharing stories early on. Even when the midwife did Darcey’s 4 month check she gave us a book as part of the sure start pack. At this stage Darcey had no interest at all.
At 9 months old I bought Darcey some of the Usbourne “That’s not my” books. I had these when the boys were little and they loved them. They are hard back books with about 5 different pages. There is a different texture for Darcey to feel on each page and a simple story.
These books are perfect for her. I bought a few second hand so that she can play with them herself. She still likes to chew the edges a bit and throw them! I will sit and read them to her and she know where to feel for the different textures. At this stage it’s all about exploring new things. I have some more on her Christmas list.
I have kept all the boys favourite books from when they were little to start reading to Darcey. The Julia Donaldson ones were my favourite. I like the fact that we have some hardback books Darcey can hold and turn the pages, then there are the soft paper books that I will hold and read to her.
Importance of reading
Reading with you child is a fun experience for both of you. This is how they will learn, it expands their imagination and as they get older it teaches them different vocabulary. When they learn to read themselves it helps with spelling and writing their own stories. The boys are now 8 & 9 and every night we have a bedtime story. Currently we are working our way through the Famous Five books, these were my favourite when I was little.
When the boys were little my favourite books to read were, The Gruffalo, Snail and the Whale and Penguin Small. What are your favourite books to read at the moment?