Books are a major part of our days in the Hamilton household. A loosely-held “rule” that I have on our weekdays at home is that Haiden, Piper and I read several books together right after breakfast to start off the day. We usually spend about 30 minutes paging through books before they're ready to get active and play.
Throughout the day, Haiden and Piper will stop what they're doing because they want to read a book with me. They also spend time paging through books by themselves. Finally, a solid part of our bedtime routine is having Daddy read to the kiddos before it's time for lights out.
One thing that helps keep my kids interested in reading is a wide variety of books. I've spent plenty of time perusing the kids books at Amazon, plus I've picked up plenty of secondhand books over the past few years. My little ones also have generous relatives who love to gift them with books!
Although the favorites constantly change, here are a few books that Haiden and Piper are loving at the moment:
Where the Wild Things Are:: This one is a bedtime staple, and my husband makes it an interactive adventure for both kids. The three of them roar, claw and narrate through the whole book.
Lull-a-Bye, Little One:: This book was read to Haiden over and over last year, and now it's one of Piper's favorites. It's super-cute because she thinks the baby's name in the book is Lullabye!
Dr. Seuss's ABC:: This book has been on our bookshelf since before Haiden was born. Both Haiden and I can recite every page, and I've caught Piper “reading” it out loud to herself several times recently. I'm pretty sure all kids love this book!
Easy Street :: Haiden loves books with trucks, diggers or other vehicles. This one has a fun rhythm and he reads it along with me.
Oh, The Places You'll Go:: My husband received this book from his brother when he graduated, and our kids already love it. I'm amazed that a book that interests a 1 and 2-year-old is also an appropriate and popular graduation gift. Dr. Seuss really was an incredible man!
When my kids are in school, reading will still be integral to our day, but it will be extra-important over the summer!
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