Last week, I received my weekly BabyCenter email “Your 27 month old.” The emails are filled with things that typical toddlers or babies are up to, about to be doing, or have been doing.
Normally skimmed and deleted, I paused at this one because it was about reading books to your kid. Here are some highlights–
“Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree again?! Oh yes. Reading the same book over and over provides a measure of comfort to preschoolers, who see the familiar characters and plot as an oasis in a world full of unknowns.”
“Re-reading helps your 2-year-old connect the words he hears with the pictures he sees.”
“Hearing the same sentences again and again helps him decode grammar. Your child also gets a rush of confidence when you turn the page and he sees the expected next part of the story…”
And some advice…
“Let your child choose which book to read.” YES. They’re not going to sit still if they’re not interested in that adorable book that you like to read.
“Mask your boredom and read it once again.” Using the same enthusiastic voices over and over can be… challenging.
“He may well want to hear the same story several times in a sitting.”
I thought to myself, “Um… B? Sitting still long enough to do that? Mmm…I doubt it.”
So, the next day we went to Story Time at the library. I grabbed a few books that I thought she’d like (because I don’t exist when a train table is nearby,) and once she saw this little fella, the information from the BabyCenter email practically CAME TO LIFE.
I kid you not, we’ve read this SO MANY times… and I’m a little freaked out that the email was so perfectly timed, and pleased that she is precisely in line with something a typical 27 month old does.
In Pig Takes a Bath, little ones learn about the steps that are involved for bath time– all thanks to one muddy, clever pig. It’s time for a bath, but where is the little pig? In the mud, of course! When he’s told it’s bath time, he tries to avoid being captured, but quickly finds himself at the bathtub, going through the steps to get himself all clean.
“Little Pig, here’s the washcloth.
Little Pig, wash between your toes!
Little Pig, it’s time to rinse.”
A board book with an ending that will make your pal laugh, this one is a great read for your toddler to memorize, thanks to a little repetition and big, expressive illustrations of things that are very familiar.
Pig Takes a Bath
Michael Dahl/Illus. Oriol Vidal
Picture Window Books