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