I can’t wait till I’m able to read a bedtime story to my son. He’s just turned one and I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to read to him. If he’s calm enough, he’ll try to rip out the pages of a regular book (not because he likes to destroy it, but he simply loves the sound of ripping paper). And if it’s a cardboard edition then he turns the pages one-by-one as fast as he can (so I don’t have time to read it), or he wants to chew on the corners. I guess I’m just going to have to be patient.
I already have an array of books from which to choose from, when he’s ready to listen. Most of them were presents. It’s opened a whole new genre for me – picture books, of which many I have never read or even heard of before.
My favourites so far:
- The Yellow Balloon by Charlotte Dematons: There are no words, the “reader” simply follows the yellow balloon across different countries all over the globe. The pictures are so detailed. I still haven’t finished the book.
- The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business by by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch: This picture book tells the tale of a little mole who wakes up one morning only to have one of the other animals “do its business” on his head. The mole then sets out to track down the culprit and the reader learns how different animals “do their business”. Great story that I think will captivate the curious toddler that is being potty trained.
- Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson: Otto the bear lives in a book and is happiest when his story is being read. Otto is no ordinary storybook character: when no one is looking, he comes to life. When people discard his book, he goes in search of new readers. I love the essence of this charming tale: books are made to be read and not discarded. Without a reader a character is… well… lonely.
These are the ones I’ll start off with reading to him. I’m curious to find out if my son has the same tastes or if he’ll have totally different favourites. Soon we’ll probably be discovering new picture books and, after that, new children’s stories together. I simply can’t imagine he’ll not enjoy reading as much as I do.