Books, books and books – I didn’t like books, I remember my parents saying to me how important they were and that I should read, but I was never really into it. Then everything changed when my older sister started reading to me, Pollyanna (by Eleanor H. Porter) was her choice, and to be honest, I don’t recall very well what it was about. Only that the little girl invented a game where she was always glad. What I can say is it was my sister who motivated me to get into reading, to understand the importance of books and how they can enhance your life. And I am so happy she did.
So, in the same way, I used to hear my parents talk about books, I hear everyone talking about the impact reading has on a child’s mind, and I do believe in it.
From discovering different things to developing the mind and the imagination, books bring a whole new world to your child, and of course, the best way of doing it is getting involved. Storytime creates a great bond between you and your child.
My husband and I read a lot to our daughter; we don’t have a fixed time of the day to do it, although we fancy reading before bedtime as it helps to calm her down. We also like to have her books visible and within her reach, so she can choose to read when it takes her fancy.
We started going when she was a baby, and we used to enjoy the singing and interaction with other babies around, it was magical. Her clapping and cooing, her eyes sparkling, filled with joy. And although she is getting older, nothing has changed, she still loves going.
In fact we go every Tuesday, she loves it, and of course, I do too. She gets super excited when I tell her it’s Story Time at the Library day. We are so lucky that we can have places like it to go and entertain the kids for free!
If you haven’t tried it yet, I strongly recommend you give it a go. Just check your local library website to find out the day and time they run, and they are usually divided into two age groups (I have listed some links below).
Reading books to your children is inviting them to a place where the imagination runs freely. Go on, give it a go if you haven’t already, help your child with her language development and creativity. It can be a fun and fulfilling experience as well sharing a moment with your child and watching them grow.
Local Library’s Websites: