My Little Sweet Pea is such a reader and I hope that her love of reading continues to grow with age. Reading to her since she was just a little peanut kicking from within my belly and continuing from the time she arrived in my arms. From a very early age Sweet Pea has brought books to me to read to her or I would catch her “reading” books on her own. Some of my fondest and most special moments are sharing the magic of a good book with my Lovey. Books open up the world to your little learner. Being able to see and experience things that may not be a tangible experience otherwise. So crack open some books with your child. There is a dinosaur growling, a sunshine smiling or even some turtles waiting to play peek-a-boo just with you.
I thought I would create a monthly post to share Sweet Pea’s favorite book ATM (at the moment). I’ll feature a book that she is enjoying and some activities or ideas that I do with her to bring the pages alive. I hope that you will follow along our reading journey and that you are able to learn a thing or two and perhaps even share an idea or two with me! Without further ado our first book selection.
Ever wonder if your little one can imitate a zoo animal? For example, a seal clapping its hands or a camel bending its knees. For about a month Sweet Pea brought this book to me after changing her morning diaper. We would read it together and I would show her how to clap, bend, turn her head… and I would do the motions as well. We would read another book or head downstairs for breakfast and I didn’t think much of this special little book. (Sorry, Eric Carle but I preferred some of your other books.) Until… One day she virtually did every motion without my direction. I was stunned! I had no idea her mind at this age was capable of learning so many animal movements and sounds. She isn’t much of talker yet so seeing her take in all of my words and responding to the text and pictures is just so amazing to me.
My tip for you regarding this book is: Improvise. In the book the cat is supposed to arch its back. At 14 months Sweet Pea doesn’t get onto all fours and arch so I changed the words. I changed them to say I’m a cat and I can say, Meow. Can you meow? I’m so glad I did because listening to her say something that is a mix of no and meow just fills my heart to the brim! Don’t be afraid to make books your own and tailor it to fit your child’s developmental age. Eric Carle won’t be upset and neither will your little one when they are finally able to follow the written word.