This submission to the Bookworms Carnival was written by Emily Cullen. Emily doesn’t have a personal blog (yet) – which is why I’ve published it here as a guest post – but you can read her contributions at the New Jersey Moms Blog. Consider this a preview – the Bookworms Carnival is coming on Wednesday!
I found out very early on in my pregnancy that I was going to have a little boy. I won’t say I was disappointed, but I had just always pictured myself with a little girl, and one of the things that I had visualized me doing with her is sharing the beloved books of my childhood: the Madeline books and Edith, the Lonely Doll, and later on, The Little House on the Prairie series, Harriet the Spy, and Nancy Drew.
What do boys read, I wondered? What are the classic books or series of books that they collect? What do they treasure?
My husband and I, both being huge readers, read to our baby in utero. Grant really liked the Harold and the Purple Crayon series so we read a lot of those. We are both cat lovers so we also read him books like Kitten’s First Full Moon.
When Tyler was born, we read to him right away. The usual suspects, Good Night Moon, Dr. Seuss, and Karen Katz’s “Lift-The-Flap Books.” He was pretty much open to anything, as three-month-olds are. I will never forget the thrill I had when he finally patted “The Bunny” on his own! When he got older, he began to develop a preference for what he wanted read to him. As he learned to walk, he would get his desired books and bring them to me.
One series I knew all kids loved was Curious George. I decided to buy the board book versions, which are basically the real illustrations by H.A. Ray with some simple stories built around them. I was so disappointed that he didn’t like them! Yep, you just couldn’t buy him anything any more.
Now at nearly 2 years old, he says tome, “Read a book,” and gets a stack for me and he sometimes even “reads” on his own! I love the bonding experience of him sitting in my lap snuggling into me while we read. It’s a great way to have some huggy time with a wriggling little boy who is almost always on the move!
And he is even starting to like Curious George! And I am starting to get excited! In maybe a year or so we can enjoy the Babar the Elephant series, the Richard Scarry books and maybe even the Curious George originals!
I am proud to say I have already instilled a love of reading in my son. Tyler is also smart, sweet, and giving. This past weekend I took him on the beach for the first time and after a while he looked at me and said, “Read a book?” I realized that although he was a boy he was already so much like me, a person who has a book on her at all times!
And as he grows? Well, I’ve heard the Encyclopedia Brown series is still around and they have also brought back the Choose Your Own Adventure series. I’m also open to suggestions!
If you have any kid-lit suggestions for Emily, please leave them in the comments and I’ll make sure she gets them!