A few days ago, I sat down and reflected on my own reading identity. As I reflected, I realized how much reading is a part of who I am and a part of my family. Over the past few days at home with my kids while they’ve been sick, I’ve been so lucky to not only share stack after stack of books with them snuggled up on my lap, but have also “caught” them both “reading” on their own.
Here are 10 things I love about them as readers:
- Though neither one can technically “read” yet, both are absolutely readers. My daughter holds up books and retells the story as she flips through the pictures. My son sits and studies each page, soaking in each illustration and beginning to take notice of the words.
- They both love a good trip to the library. We can’t leave without a serious negotiation about how many books each can check out. I usually lose the battle for only 3 apiece (and I don’t mind a bit).
- Mo Willems is their favorite author. They adore the Elephant and Piggie series and know to hunt for The Pigeon in every book. Leonardo the Terrible Monster is their absolute favorite book–they both giggle uncontrollably every single time we read it.
- My daughter regularly “sneaks” up to her bedroom to sit in front of her bookshelf and pull down the books to read one by one.
- My son is obsessed with reading Lego manuals and tries to sneak them into his Pre-K classroom in his backpack to read as he gets ready for rest time.
- They just finally reached the age where I can share some early chapter books with them. We recently read the first Mercy Watson book and my daughter was so disappointed that we had to split the book into two nights that the only way she could express her level of frustration was to shout, “I hate that pig!” (She got over it quickly by the next night.)
- Bedtime stories are an absolutely non-negotiable part of our daily routine. Even when we’re on vacation, we don’t end a day without reading a book together.
- My daughter has started using “book language” when she plays. I overheard her with her Disney Princess castle the other day saying, “‘Can I come in to play?’ said Belle.”
- We have some great discussions about the books we share. They are filled with questions and observations and are eager to have conversations about the books they love.
- Both of them perceive themselves as readers–and I hope that’s an identity that sticks with them for life.
I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday and daily during the month of March in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.