My boys love reading (see previous post), it has been part of our bedtime routine since they were infants. As a child bookworm myself I couldn’t be happier knowing what a great lifelong gift the love of reading is. Hubby was not a big reader when we met and now he gets super grumbly when he finishes a book and doesn’t have another one in the wings. So do I mind that I hear ‘Pleeeease just one more story’ at least once every night? Not at all, I usually give in once per kiddo. Little do they know I have allotted time for the begging of an extra book when I tell them it is bedtime. I know they will always want a little extra time to snuggle up and read.
Recently we have made Mondays our library day and the boys look forward to picking their books and DVDs for the week. Bug has just discovered the Mr. Men books and is popping a few into his book bag every week. Smashie loves board books about trucks and now ‘reads’ me some of his favourites with astonishing recall.
When summer rolls around some people brush off reading but not us, we sign up for our local library’s summer reading club(keener move). This year my boys were the first kids to submit their full cards (super keeners!) and I had to hold them back insisting that reading 40 books in 7 days was a bit much, even for me! Bug was asking for extra stories at daycare to help fill in his card. He is a wee bit competitive and when he saw the prizes they had this year for draws he was so excited. Not sure where he got the ‘OMG there are prizes I must be apart of this awesomeness-gene’ from but I believe it is passed down from the mother. (oh one day I will truly divulge my crazy contest side to you all). Both boys very first prizes ever were board books in the summer reading club when they were toddlers, I was so proud!
So this week the boys proudly presented their filled in cards to the librarians and received their stickers. They were so excited to show how hard they had worked to the librarians and loved all the fawning over their reading prowess. Luckily they didn’t hear a grumbly, under his breath comment one of the staff made about how it should really have been just one book a day. Dude, I am instilling the love of reading over here-don’t squash their enthusiasm! I am and always will be the biggest keener and I love that my kids take after me in that respect! Read on my little boys, it is a gift that will serve you well over your lifetimes.
Do your little ones love to read? Does your local library have a summer reading program?