Whether they are the stories we tell, or stories in books, stories are one of Ben’s favorite activities. I have enjoyed reading to Ben and watching how he reacts to books. He often picks his own stories and loves to question what you read…. but why Mum why? how come? or whats that?. He sometimes loves to read them to you. He enjoys acting parts out – blowing a sailing ships across the page or pretending to eat the gingerbread man off the pages. Ben knows that the printed word carries a message and is now pointing out words that are meaningful to him. As a Mum and an Early Childhood Educator I find this fascinating and exciting. We are going to go to the library this week and sign up for a borrowing card. He will just love picking books to take home. Here are some of his favorites-
Ben loves books, which we are very happy about as I have a huge collection from being a teacher and have a great love of children’s books. I thought it would be nice to record his favourites from month to month. He knows what he likes. He chooses books himself and will bring them to you to read but will also push a book away if he doesn’t like it. He has a book cupboard which he sits at daily and pulls out books and sits and reads them. We seem to accumulate a small pile of books to read at bedtime and If I try to skip some he digs to find them in the pile. Benjamin and Andrew also like to read the magazine – Australian Motorcycle News.
His favourites at the moment are: “Dig Dig Digging” by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe, “Mice Squeak-We Speak” by Tomie do Paola (A poem by Arnold L Shapiro) and “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek. He also likes to read “Peek-a-Boo” by InnovativeKids. I have put photos of us in this book and he is beginning to tell me who it is. It is such a joy to read with him.