The Importance of Reading to your Child

I love reading, I’ve always been a bookworm.  I struggle at the moment to fit a book in, I find this hard.  I am channelling this frustration into reading with the Robot.  He was a few weeks old when we popped into the local library and got his first library card, and his first books!

Robots First Library Books

When we registered the Robot they gave us a pack and in it was a little paper book with black and white images.  We almost dismissed it with all the other junk that gets handed to you when you have a baby.  Seriously, who makes all the leaflets, do they not know we have no time to read them as new Mums!

Amongst all my pregnancy research I remembered that babies can only see black and white clearly when they are new born, I kept hold of the book.   I then proceeded to amaze Dave at its powers.  The Robot was fascinated in it, his eyes and head would follow it.  He was so impressed that he even told the midwife about it, I put my head in my hands in shame!  Even at 6 months he was telling his friend with the 8 month old about it! Obsession.

My friend bought the Robot some books as a present.   A Baby Touch book from Ladybird and a Buggy book from Usborne Publishing.  Initially it was all about the crinkle book, the noise was a good distraction, it would keep him entertained for hours.  The buggy book got lost at the bottom of the toy box, I’m a baby wearer, I never saw the need for the “buggy” book, I couldn’t clip it any where.  On a desperate play afternoon I found the book at the bottom of the box.  Ever since it has been the Robots favourite toy.  I say toy, but it is a book, amongst all the chewing I do show him the pictures. I love Usborne Publishing, their books are always so vibrant and interesting.  It is a very chewed book and it is with standing a months worth of slober, shaking and dropping.  Thank you Usborne Publishing for making such a robust book!

Usborne Rainy Day Book

Reading to your child, I believe, is one of the most important things you could do as a parent.  We have always read to our Robot and now a little older he is clearly listening and gets excited at story time.  He likes to get his hands in there and wants the book, I think to chew, but he is definitely interested.  I hope that we can install a love of books into the Robot, and by reading to him I hope it will help with his language development.  By reading for himself later on I hope his imagination and first for knowledge will grow.  Time will tell, but for now, Daddy story time will do:

Story Time with Daddy

#ABC123 is a challenge I have set myself to complete 26 weeks of posts, every week a different letter of the alphabet.  This week was the letter B.  My chosen Play activity is books.


What are your babies favourite books?  More importantly what are your favourite children books?  Do you have any suggestions for me for the Robots next books?

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  1. What a great little challenge! We are total book worms in our house too and I love that our little one has such a love and fondess for books too. Its so lovely to watch her at two years old, reading her story books to herself whenever it takes her fancy. Would love to hear how you get on with the rest of your challenge 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

    1. isntitpretty

      That’ lovely to hear Emily. What books does she read? I’d love to know. I’ll keep going with the challenge, I may be shouting out for help when I get to the letter Q!

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