Isn’t it wonderful if your toddler gradually starts wanting to read?
If there is one question that has been on my mind for some time now, it’s how to get my toddler interested in reading? Those of you who have been reading me for some time now know that I had been dreaming of turning M into a reader ever since she was born. In fact, even before that. This was one of the things I used to dream about when I was carrying her. M and I would walk into a bookstore and browse through books, happy in the company of each other and the countless possibilities presented by the books surrounding us. Both of us lost in our books at home on a rainy day. Perfect, isn’t it?
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I think when she was just 4 months old I went ahead and wrote about making her fall in love with books. I really, really wanted to share this passion with her. Slowly as the months passed, I realised that reading is something I couldn’t force her to fall in love with. It had to come naturally. So, even though I wanted her to discover this wonderful world of books which is often my refuge, I stopped forcing her to. I stopped willing it. And then suddenly one fine day, she herself came to me at night before bed asking me to read her books.
Now, whether this is that crack that’ll open the door to a wonderful world of books to her, only time will tell.
You can’t imagine how happy I felt. Elated, really. No matter how tired I was on that night, I decided to subtly encourage her. So, we sat down reading stories, identifying vegetables, animals and colours. She loved it. Needless to say, I slept a little better that day. Of course, in a perfect world, this would have happened a long time ago and it would be certain to last too.
Now, it’s not magic so it’s not that she always wants to be read to. Not every night. Not yet. But I am noticing that for the past week or so, she has been asking me to read to her from a few of her books almost regularly. Her favourite being Pepper at the Table at the moment.
I don’t know how long this interest will last if it will last at all. But I’m not going to turn her away when she wants to be read to. At least, not unless I’m dead tired. Anyway. I think one of the reasons why she suddenly wanted to be read to is because S and I both always read something before going to bed. And she must have seen that being right there with us. While I read my fiction and non-fiction, S is busy with reading things that interest him, economics, history and so much more. Perhaps, this has made her garner an interest in reading. I don’t know. They say that children emulate their parents so maybe this is one thing we are doing right. Now, whether this is that crack that’ll open the door to a wonderful world of books to her, only time will tell. Till then, wish us luck!
Before you go, tell me if you have any tips and tricks. Also, are there any books I can buy for her? What would you recommend? Also, any pointers to websites specifically selling books for children?
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