Saturday, July 31, 2010

Books, books and more books, please!

I've been reading to Jonas since he was Angus' age (15 months old). When I read at bedtime, Angus doesn't sit still at all, but I can tell he is beginning to show an interest in books. He walks over to the book shelf in Jonas' room and pulls about ten of them off the shelf and opens each one up, points at the pictures, laughs.

Jonas loves books. He picks out the books he wants me to read to him at the library.
When I saw them sitting in the room, both with books in their laps, I couldn't help but feel good about myself.

My mom and I would spend hours at the library when I was younger. She would be in the spanish section, which was actually very close to the children's section. Those days were different, or so they seemed. I would explore on my own, while she would look for her books, then we'd meet at a table and each dive into our findings.

We went to the library yesterday and for the first time in a long time, Jeremiah joined us. It was nice to have him there, as opposed to it just being me, having to keep an eye on two boys that want to go in two different directions. Last time I went by myself I lost my phone. Luckily, the young kid who found it, actually returned it.
Jonas and I did our rounds, walking through the picture book aisles. Jonas picking his bedtime books, asking me what the names were and stuffing them in our bag. We checked out 30 items. Five of those were dvd's, the rest, all books. We have read all our books and have re-read our favorites.

I can't wait for Angus to be ready to enjoy listening to a story. For now, he would much rather jump on the bed, throw toys out of the sorter box or sit and look through a book he grabs from the bookshelf, while Jonas and I lie in bed reading.

1 comment:

  1. My mom always read to me too! The library in our town only let kids take out 10 books at a time but they let me take out 20 because I read so much. A love of reading is something that my mom gave to me that I will always be grateful for. I am NEVER not reading a book now. Last night I got some books for Abby and Ivan read her a story and she was kicking around like crazy! Kudos to you for getting your boys interested in things that will help them in their futures: reading, cooking, crafts, and whatever Angus likes to do (throw things? LOL). I really look up to you and admire you for not allowing the tv or video games to raise your children.