Each Monday we are so excited to head over to the Central Library at 11:00 am for the Infant Story Time. The amazing children’s librarians put together a special program for children 0-2 years with lots of songs, short stories and play time. JR loves dancing and playing but, we are still working on sitting quietly during story time.
After story time ends, we will talk through the aisles of books and find a few to bring home with us. We love to read all through out the day – JR will randomly grab books off of his shelf during the day and we will sit and read them. Another way I ensure we get plenty of reading is to choose a few books to read before nap and bed time. I have found that this ritual really helps make him sleepy and also signal that it is time to sleep.
Our Favorite Children’s Books
I know this is a classic but, it has survived the test of time for good reason. JR loves to play stick his fingers in the holes on the pages and we always laugh when going through all the junk food the caterpillar ate. This was given to him at his baby shower and it has remained in our book basket since he was born.
So, JR is a big time Sesame Street freak and this book is great because it features his two favorite characters – Elmo and Big Bird. It’s a quick and easy read with lots of fun visuals that can be expanded on. I always point out the colors or number of objects to help stimulate his processing.
I love to read these stories while JR is playing. He won’t sit still and listen all the way through each story but, I think just listening to me as background noise is really good for his cognitive development. The images are so colorful and we will look them over and point out different animals or objects as well. It is a great book for introducing the stories of the bible.
This book is all about the images. There are little cut outs on each page that JR loves to explore and stick his fingers through. We also point out the different animals and practice our animal sounds – mostly lions and pigs. The story is quick and cute so it is a great pick if you are trying to get the little one to bed and want a fast story to read.
This book holds a particularly special place in my heart since this was one of my favorites growing up. Goofy and Donald are in a race and Goofy’s old junky car helps him win the race by going “slow and steady, steady and slow”. He is just starting to appreciate Disney characters and really loves this book because of the images and fun, repetitive manta Goofy says over and over.