I've tried to read to him starting as a newborn. It didn't always happen, especially since he didn't always seem that interested in listening to the story. But I still tried to always have books on hand-- I'd prop open a big board book so he could look at the pictures during tummy time, for example. And I'll always remember the time I sat him down on my lap to read him a story, and instead of looking at the pictures as I'd expected, he craned his neck around so he could watch my face as I read.
In the past few months Donovan's started getting his own books out and flipping through the pages, and in the past week or 2 has started bringing me books to read to him-- he now does this several times a day, and sometimes when I finish reading he'll grab the book and give it back to me again so I'll read it again. I sometimes get tired of reading the same book 4 times over in one sitting, but I LOVE that he is so interested in books, and that we are helping foster a future love of reading.
After reading this posting I thought I'd take a moment to list out Donovan's favorite books (since he has favorites now!) along with some of the books he doesn't appreciate quite as much yet, but I hope he will soon.
- The Very Busy Spider
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
- Diggers and Dumpers: Mighty Movers and Farm (he's positively obsessed with this book)
- Donde Esta el Ombliguito? (Spanish translation of the Karen Katz book--he loves to lift the flaps on this one at each page)
- A Limpiarse! and A Ayudar! (two books from a super cute Spanish series I found at Borders)
- Goodnight Moon (this one's been in the nighttime rotation for a while, and now he has a very strong preference for it)
And some of my own favorites from his collection:
- Little Hoot
- Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
- Diary of a Fly/Spider (I just love Doreen Cronin's books)
- Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus (love Mo Willems, too)
- Favorite Poems, Old and New (I never was too into poetry, until recently. I just love the flow of a good poem and think kids respond it this as well)
- The Goodnight Book (I often read the night-themed poems to him at bedtime)
We're focusing more on the board books for now since he likes to turn the pages and play with the books themselves, though occasionally (like at bedtime) I'll also grab one of his paper books and read them to him. But those stay out of reach more, until he can learn to be careful enough with them.
And since I'm always on the look out for books to add to our wishlist, I'd love to hear others' favorite books!