Some history about me; I hated reading any kind of books since i was born, I would tear the books if i see them. I just detested it. However, over the years as I transited to secondary school, I found out that reading does help to improve one’s literacy power. The more one reads, the more literate he becomes. However I was lagging behind my peers. Probably that is why I scored quite low for my languages. Fast forward till today, I did not want Reuben to be like me, so I decided to start reading story books to Reuben when he is about 6 months old. For infants, the kind of books that will interest them will be big and colorfully illustrated picture books. It can be board books, cloth books or pop up books. As long as there is lots of pictures, they will definitely enjoy it.
With the recommendation from Beanie N Us, I decided to borrow Eric Carle’s books from the library. I managed to borrow two Eric Carle’s books from the library. One was his most famous book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and the other was “Have You Seen My Cat”. Initially i was a bit apprehensive about this reading thing. Because Reuben has a very short attention span so I was not sure if I could last the whole book. Today I decided to give it a shot by reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to Reuben.
This is Reuben looking at the beautifully illustrated caterpillar on the book cover
I started reading the book and to my surprise, Reuben was very attentive throughout the 7 minutes I was reading to him. I read it in different tones depending on who was talking in the book. I think he enjoyed it very much. The nicely illustrated pictures in the books made it a bonus. I decided to read the story a second time to him and even during the second time, he listened and laid still to enjoy the book.
One thing I realized about both Eric Carle’s books is that the hand drawn pictures are very colorful and attractive. I think that is what makes his books highly recommended. The Very Hungry Caterpillar sold over 38 million copies and is translated to 60 over languages. Do check out his website for more info.
I always had this thinking that kids at this age would never understand what we are reading and will probably be disinterested. However, after talking to some friends and home learning peeps, I understood why reading is so much a vital part of home learning. Whatever that we do for them at a young age will have lasting effects when they grow up.
Jk Rowling, a writer, once said, “I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp”
William James, a philosopher once said “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.
I hope that through this post, I will inspire more parents who do not consider reading as an integral part of their kid’s life to begin to pick up story books for their kids. It is never too late to start reading! =)