Developing literacy in a child’s earlier years helps to stretch their imagination, cognitive thinking, and processing skills. Reading (or listening to stories be read) helps to shape their preferences and develops taste. Some children want the same book re-read a hundred times, while others are constantly looking for the next best adventure to whisk them away. Stories model dialogue, relationships, behaviors, and so much more! Introducing good habits of reading early on will accompany a child throughout their life, they will see reading as a form of entertainment and enjoyment.
There are a lot of classic books and authors out there for our children to enjoy…Dr. Seuss, Frog and Toad series, Goodnight Moon, Eric Carle, The Berenstain Bears series…the list goes on! Despite there being such a vast library of reliable classics to choose from, there are some great new books that have gained some attention. There is a book from 2014 that has gotten rave reviews by actor B.J. Novak titled The Book with No Pictures. This book is full of fun words such as “Blaggity Blaggity” and “Glibbity Globbity,” but does not contain any pictures. It is up for the child to imagine the story in his or her own mind as the story develops. Even as you read it to a young one, you can’t help but laugh; the book is very fun and has a fresh perspective on child’s storytelling.
Another fun book to dive into is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt with Oliver Jeffers illustrating. In this book, the crayons have written letters to the child (Duncan) who uses their crayon box. They have some requests (Duncan does not use this particular color enough) and complaints (Duncan does not color inside the lines). Can he keep all of his crayons happy? If you enjoy the story (hopefully you won’t laugh in the middle of Target like I did), there is a second book The Day the Crayons Came Home for your reading adventures.