One of my favourite things to do in any spare moment I get; is to read. I’ve loved books ever since I was a really young child, and I’d devour everything in my local library every chance I got. I have such fond memories of my Mum and Dad reading to me when I was little, and how I always got excited to go to bookshops with them. We would browse for hours, and I’d never get bored waiting for Mum to choose the books she wanted, because I myself would be piling up a chunk of reads I wanted to take home with me (it was always so hard to choose!).
With reading being such an important and enjoyable part of my life, I know I want to pass that down onto River as much as I can. So even though he’s only 3 and a half months old, we have started him really young, encouraging him to love the written word as much as we do.
With World Book Day upon us, Happy Beds* shared their research into the internet’s favourite bedtime book (hint, it’s one you’ve probably heard of!) – and it inspired me to share ours! Now of course I know River can’t actually read, but he seems to understand that every night we all sit down together and explore some books before bed. He loves when we flip the pages and he gets to study beautiful new pictures, and I think he really responds to our calming voices reading aloud.
Right now his absolute favourite is his Black and White book from Amazing Baby. It’s perfect for his age, because he won’t see in colour properly until around 5 months old apparently, and so the strong contrast of black and white really appeals to him! It’s a simple read that only takes two minutes, but he doesn’t seem to get bored staring at the pictures and clapping his hands against the book, which is adorable!
We also love our 101 Dalmations book and our Peter Rabbit one -both are so sweet and full of beautiful illustrations. I know these are for River, but I’m so excited to build up a cute collection of children’s books!
We usually read a book with River around 7pm, letting him explore the book with his hands and studying each page. Then we will give him a bubble bath and a final feed, and read to him once more upstairs while his lovely night light is on. He seems to expect it as part of his night time routine now, which is so sweet.
It’s never too early to start exploring books together, and I thoroughly recommend it!
P.S. Did you guess which book was the most popular bedtime read??! 🙂
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