Open a book and you open a mind. If you take the time to read to your children, you can open their minds to so many wonderful things...the possibility of magic and miracles, creative thinking and imaginary play, learning to count and expanding their vocabulary. Here are some of my ( and my daughter's) favorite books when it comes to story time in our home....
Alice the Fairy
We love this book. We read it over and over and OVER again. It's the sweetest little story about a mischievous little girl,who shares her secrets of life as a temporary fairy. What I love about this book is that it's written from the character's perspective, who in this case is a little girl, much like my little one. I want my daughter to believe in things like magic wands and magic mirrors...that's part of what makes being a child so special...the ability to BELIEVE.
Pirates Don't Change Diapers
This was the first book my daughter EVER sat still for from beginning to end. If you are looking for a story that allows you to do fun voices-this is the one! It's actually a sequel in a series, but we had this one first and fell in love. Even though it may seem like there is a lot of dialogue for a small child to stay focused on, it's such an easy and entertaining read that it was never a problem for us. I had just as much fun reading it to my daughter as she had listening to it.
I See A Monster
I love touch and feel books. They are such a great way for children to get involved in the books before they are actually able to read them....sometimes, before they are even completely able to understand them. The sentences are so short and to the point, that I was amazed to find how fast my daughter learned the different words throughout the story, as well as their meaning. I remember watching my daughter a while back with her book, flipping through the pages and pointing at key parts of the story and saying the words out loud. It was a proud moment for this mama!
Five Little Ladybugs
This little book taught my daughter to count! By the time she was two she was counting to ten and loving it! Not only can she count, but she can read numbers, too. In addition to being educational, the colors and art work are great and I love how the little lady bugs are 3d. If you're not into lady bugs, there are other versions out there...but who doesn't love a little ladybug?!
The Cat In The Hat
OK, this one is a classic and every child should have it! Well, that's just my humble opinion...but come on - it's 'The Cat In The Hat'! And as a parent who reads a lot of books over and over again, sometimes with a child who likes to flip the pages before you're ready - there's something to be said for material that is easy to memorize!
I am thrilled that my daughter has a love for books even at this young age. Few things give my heart more joy, than to watch her run around the living room with her pirate hat on, yelling 'Aargh!'; or when she cries 'hocus pocus' and practices her magic just like Alice the fairy does. Story time is a time for us to sit together and cuddle up with a good book. We get to play and use fun voices and giggle as much as we want. It's not just educational, it's emotional and every parent ought to take the time to do it. A lot of these books can be read in as little as five or ten minutes...and that could turn into a lifetime love of books and learning. Think about it...