He ob­serves so much from the books ... and is a good talker

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

With two ac­tive boys keep­ing her busy, a book sub­scrip­tion ser­vice was an easy way for Am­ber Joyce to keep Billy, 3, and Hay­den, 1, in­ter­ested in read­ing. She says: “I’ve had a sub­scrip­tion with Lit­tle Pages since my first lit­tle boy was six months old and I haven’t stopped. I’ve just kept re­new­ing it.

I find chil­dren’s books are a bit of a flooded mar­ket but the ones in the sub­scrip­tion ser­vice have nice morals or rhyming.

When they ar­rive each month it’s a nice sur­prise. It’s cre­ated a nov­elty about what books are.

There was one book in par­tic­u­lar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (by Bill Martin Jr).

We must have read it 50 times be­fore all of a sud­den Billy was just taken with it and would fol­low us around with it and want us to keep read­ing it.

I think read­ing to him be­fore he could talk has re­ally helped with his abil­ity to have con­ver­sa­tions with us. He ob­served a lot more from the books than what I’d thought he was tak­ing in.

He is a very good talker for a three­year-old, and I like to think some of that it be­cause of read­ing.

And when I was preg­nant with Hay­den we read a lot about broth­ers and sis­ters and fam­ily dy­nam­ics.

That’s also been quite nice, as he reaches dif­fer­ent devel­op­men­tal stages, like toi­let train­ing or new sib­lings ar­riv­ing, there are great books that help to talk about that, about what the next stage will be.

Hay­den is def­i­nitely tak­ing an in­ter­est. He tries to turn the pages of board books and he en­joys sit­ting there and lis­ten­ing.

He some­times tried to flip the pages too fast but any in­ter­est is wel­come!”

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