February is a short month full of exciting days. It’s Library Lovers Month. So love your library! It has books galore and offers a variety of activities for the family. While you’re loving your library, celebrate Valentine’s Day and Read to Your Child Day on the fourteenth! February is a perfect combination of love and books.
There’s a marvelous quote by Emilie Buchwald that says, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
If you want your child to be a reader, be a role model. Let your child see and hear you reading.
Start as early as possible. A perfect time to introduce reading to your precious baby is when you’re pregnant. Check out picture books from the library and read them out loud. This is a great way to find children’s books you enjoy and to begin to build a home library.
Choose books that have great illustrations and not a lot of words. Rhyme, repetition, sound words (onomatopoeia-love this word!), and silly words make for great first books. Visit the library often. Make it your favorite go-to place. Soon, instead of you reading to your child, your child will be reading to you.
Garrison Keillor said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” On Valentine’s Day, give a book to someone special. It’s a perfect way to say I love you.
There are myriads of absolutely wonderful picture books available, but here are a few of my favorite classic picture books. Many of these also come as board books which are just the right size for toddlers to hold.
Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle
Pat the Bunny written by Dorothy Kunhardt
The Tale of Peter Rabbit written by Beatrix Potter
The Runaway Bunny written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
The Snowy Day written by Ezra Jack Keats
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle
Guess How Much I Love You written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram
The Little Engine That Could written by Watty Piper
The Napping House written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood