Reading big books to little people...

I'm a big fan of reading. And I'm a really big fan of reading to children. I've been reading a novel from one of my favorite authors, LM Montgomery, to the girls for the past couple of weeks and I've been so surprised at how much my oldest is retaining. The language is a bit difficult to read and understand but she's doing great.

I think it's important to read chapter books to young children so they can hear vocabulary and sentence structure. It also gives them am opportunity to try out those great imaginations God gave them since there are no pictures. They are able to hear and understand the structure of story-writing for when they start writing their own one day.

I often read to my girls (ages 4.5 and 1.5) while they are eating or coloring or even playing. I don't force them to sit down and stare at me while I read. Not at this age. I just want them to hear a chapter book being read. Here is an article I found helpful on introducing chapter books to small children.

And here's a link to the book we are reading now, if you want to check it out. I highly recommend anything by LM Montgomery, because she's awesome. The Story Girl

When I taught Pre-K, I loved reading the Ralph S. Mouse books to my kids during naptime. They loved it too. I might try these with my girls next. The language is much easier to understand too, from what I remember.

But whether you choose to read chapter books or picture books, the important thing is that you are reading. And you're spending quality time with your kids. That's the element of reading that they enjoy the most at this age, after all.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 
-Emilie Buchwald


  1. Very true! Thanks for sharing. I love to read to the boys during breakfast and lunch.

  2. Awesome, Tori! What do they like to hear?

  3. We read the Bible quite often and they also love Beverly Lewis little chapter books. They like to draw pictures of what I'm reading then show each other what they imagine the story to look like.

  4. That's awesome! I need to ask the girls to draw what I'm reading to them. Great idea!

  5. I love reading to my daughter. It gives her a fundamental foundation she needs. Kudos for you.

  6. I love reading to my daughter. It gives her a fundamental foundation she needs. Kudos for you.