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Yesterday we talked about how to help teenagers and adults become better readers; today I want to talk about fostering that love of reading in your children. You guys notice a theme yet? It's back to school week, folks, and I want to talk about books!
One thing that has surprised me is how much June already enjoys reading. I kind of thought it would take a child until two or three years old to really like books, but June loves them already. She probably doesn't understand a lot of what is being said when we read, but I think reading represents comfort, peace, and safety for her. June is only one so a lot of books don't do it for her, but we have found a few books that are absolute winners. Here's what we look for in books for our one year old:
- Something to flip. June loves to turn the pages, but for some reason it's so much more fun for her to flip and find something behind the flap. Why does this entertain children for hours? The world does not know. June's very favorite for this is Baby Faces.
- Something to feel. June loves all the different textures in books. Any book that allows her to feel a furry bear's belly, a slick rain boot, a glittery rainbow, just does it for her.
- Something to touch. Much like flipping, June loves to be touching and "working" the books. Our favorite for this one is The Robot Book. It has wheels that she can turn, screws that move up down, wheels that she can turn. June never gets tired of this bad boy.
- Books with baby pictures. June is obsessed with books that have real life baby faces. She stares and stares at those little baby pictures. "Is that me?" she wonders. "No... But it looks like me, right? Who are these other little people?" It is absolutely adorable.
- Books with animals. Thanks to little Mavvy, June loves dogs and is generally just fascinated by animals. The books that have real pictures of animals speak to little June Bug's soul.
- Colorful books. The more colors the more interesting the book for June.
- A book that is interesting for mama/ has clever text. One thing I've learned as I've read books to June is that some baby books are really thin on the plot! I mean, that's okay for a one year old, but for the 29 year old who is reading the book over and over it is not okay. If a book says "chocolate" next page "juice" next page "lady bug" you can pretty much guarantee that we will not be reading that book much. The books that become classics for us are the ones with clever text, cute rhymes, silly little stories. June might like books, but I'm the one actually doing the reading, so the book needs to entertain me as well. One of my favorite series is the "Olivia" series. Seriously cute pictures and adorable little story lines.
Of course, growing a personal library for your little bug can take a lot of money (Board books are like $15 a pop). I have a couple of suggestions for you to help with this.
Suggestion #1: Get most of your books at the library. For every ten books that we read with June, we maybe buy one of them. Our library lets us check out up to 50 books at a time so we check out a basketful and keep them for three or six weeks until we're ready for a new batch. The books June loves loves loves, we buy.
Suggestion #2: Get your books for free! Right now Kellogg's is behind one of the coolest offers to ever see the face of cereal boxes. When you buy specially marked boxes of Kellogg's products (poptarts, cereal, fruit snacks, granola bars, cheeze-its, etc.) Kellogg's will give away two Scholastic books. One book is sent to you in your home and one book is donated to a school in need. So basically you spend $6 for pop tarts and you get pop tarts, a book for you, and a book for a school that needs it. Has there ever been a better or more generous offer in the history of cereal? You can build your child's personal library just by eating breakfast. (This is where you can check out what books are available.)
Go to Sam's Club to get this great offer. Make sure the packaging has the special logo mentioning 1 Box=2 Books. It looks like this:
Check out this list of Sam's Clubs with demos to find one near you on 8/22/15 and 8/23/15!
If you are not a member of Sam's Club then click this link and Bring this invitation printed out to the Member Services Desk at your local Sam's Club for a pass to shop for the day. A 10% service fee applies on all non-member purchases when shopping with this One-Day Pass (not applicable in CA, SC or Elmsford, NY). The 10% service fee does not apply if the non-member decides to join the Club at the time of purchase."
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO REDEEM THIS OFFER:
- Buy any one of 13 specially marked Kellogg's products at Sam's Club
- Go to this site.
- Click on "ENTER CODE NOW"
- Click on "GET STARTED" to redeem without signing into Kellogg's Family Rewards OR click "LOG IN" to redeem through your Kellogg's Family Rewards account
- Enter the address where you'd like your book to be mailed
- Enter the 16 digit code found inside your package
- On the "Thanks" page, click "redeem page" to go to the book redemption page
- Click on "ORDER NOW" to browse through the selection of over 80 books
- Click on the book you'd like to order
- Click on "Add to Cart"
- Review your order on the Shopping Cart page
- Click on "Continue to checkout"
- Check the point deduction authorization statement
- Click on "Continue to checkout" again
- Review your contact info for accuracy
- Click on "Place my order"
- You're done! And now your book will arrive in the mail in no more than 8 weeks!
Let me know if you have any questions about redeeming your book and please tell me your little one's favorite book! I am all ears.