When this blog was very new I wrote here about the first time Eli let me read him a book. Prior to that glorious day books were considered by Eli to be most distasteful, much to the distress of his mother, the former elementary school teacher.
After that day it has been slow progress of a gradually lengthening attention span. Just recently he has begun wanting to hear the stories being read instead of just wanting to look at and talk about the pictures. Here are the books he is wanting to hear again, and again, and again, and again these days.
First up is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl. The day after we got this out of the library (Eli fell immediately in love with it!) the book and corresponding activities were introduced at the group speech and occupational therapy program Eli attends. Talk about perfect timing!
He has been enjoying listening to stories while he eats lunch, so I dug out a paper plate left over from his first birthday party. I chose foods featured in the book. Thankfully, the fact that I chose sausages that are found on the page of foods that left the poor caterpillar with a tummy ache didn’t seem to phase him!
He did a better than usual job of eating, so this is definitely an activity worth repeating.
Unfortunately he wasn’t able to be content with just pointing at each picture. Apparently the pictures must be touched regardless of the ketchup-smeared status of his finger. (Rest assured no library books we’re damaged during this story time, but a wipey was employed a time or two.) Anyway, we interrupted reading time for a little while until fingers were clean and he had some down time sitting on the potty chair.
Oh, the joy of full-contact counting!
This following book is really special. On a whim I recently did a Facebook search for a Youth Pastor I had back in high school in the mid-eighties. I found she has a blog and had recently published a children’s book.
I emailed her and heard back from her right away. In addition she mailed Eli a copy of her book with a personalized message. How cool is that?! The story Auntie’s House deals with a young girl being cared for by her aunt for the day while her mother goes to work. We only rarely leave Eli with others and then for short periods as he has pretty intense separation anxiety. I hope this book will be a tool to help him if we ever need to have him watched by others for more than an hour or two. (If you are into reading beautiful and thought provoking devotionals you will want to check out Dawn’s blog Dawn’s New Day. You can also purchase this book directly through her site.)
When reading this book Eli likes to knock on the door of the house on the cover before we open it. He has a thing about knocking on doors and would go around the neighborhood knocking on random doors if I let him. (The fright he’d get by having a stranger then answer the door would probably cure him of this, if I let him do it!)
An activity they often do with the kids in his therapy group is to match an object with a picture in the story book. When we read this book there is a part of the story where the little girl plays with her Auntie and all the toys brought down from the attic. Eli will scamper off when we get to this part, and it is fun to see which toy he will bring back to match to the picture. Of course, it is most often the tea pot or cup!
Up until now the rhyming verse that makes up this story was a bit much for Eli’s short attention span. Right before his nap today though he chose this book and had me read it from cover to cover three times before he fell asleep.
The last two books I’ll just mention briefly, but they are getting some pretty heavy rotation around here. Freight Train by Donald Crews is simple with bold and colorful illustrations. Eli can point to the individual words of this book as I read them… not that we’re calling the local evening news about our reading two year old or anything, he’s just seen me read and point to those words so many times by now!
And last, but by no means least, is Drive by Nathan Clement. It’s a story about a truck driver who says goodbye to his sleeping little boy early in the morning to drive his semi-truck until he finally comes home at the end of the day.
Eli is especially fascinated by the scene where the daddy is saying good bye, and by the part where the daddy is drinking a cup of coffee on his lunch break. (Of course! Eli will undoubtedly be a barrista at some point in his life.) There is a page that has a car driving next to the semi that looks like our Mazda hatchback. Eli always insists on sitting on the picture of that car. This matching thing could get hard on the books if it continues as he gets bigger!
Hope you enjoyed our little literary update! If you are looking for good books for your little ones I whole-heartedly recommend these. Most can be found in the library, but if you choose to buy them through the Amazon links provided I will receive a small portion of the sale as I am participating in the Amazon Associates program.
I’m having trouble getting active links for the other books right now. I’ll update later.
Thanks for reading!
- happy very hungry caterpillar day! (manchesterlibrary.wordpress.com)
- How The Very Hungry Caterpillar is our favourite and most widely read children¿s book (dailymail.co.uk)