I am an avid reader and lover of books, and it brings me joy to see that spark of excitement in my son's eyes when we sit down to read together. It's our special time and has been a great bonding tool during this first year together as an adoptive family.
It amazes me though, how many Children's books we've accumulated in this first year that our son has been home from Korea! We received several as gifts, purchased many from the bargain table of our local bookstore, and acquired a huge lot from garage sales, thrift stores, used book stores, and by buying a huge lot of Sesame Street book club books on Ebay. Now the time has come to sort through them, and prepare a box to donate, and a box for our upcoming garage sale, so we can make way for new titles this year!
We have slowly been building a library of books that we can enjoy reading together for several years to come. As a first time mom, it amazes me that even though our son is only 22 months old, he really seems to comprehend and retain information from the books we read. I am finding our story time to be a valuable teaching and parenting tool. With this in mind, I have tried to choose books that really speak to our being a multi-cultural family, and to parenting an intelligent but strong-willed, active boy.
I picked 13 books out of our huge & growing library that have been my little guy's favorites and have had a positive impact on our child. Some have served as a parenting tool and given positive results in the areas of behavior, listening, sleep issues, transitioning to a toddler bed, beginning potty training, learning colors and basic words---and several that I feel have reinforced the bonding/attachment process, and started the earliest dialogue about being adopted and loved unconditionally, as well as fostering self confidence.
Here's my list:
Touch & Feel Colors - Priddy Books (out of circulation?)
Violet's House - Disney Baby Einstein Books
The Berenstein Bears Forget Their Manners - Stan & Jan Berenstein
Franklin's Bad Day - Paulette Bourgeios & Brenda Clark
Listening Time - Elizabeth Verdick
The Potty Book for Boys - Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Tell Me Again About The Night I was Born - JamieLee Curtis
The Search for the Perfect Child - Jan Fearnly
I Like Me - Nancy Carlson
It's OK To Be Different - Todd Parr
Red or Blue, I like You - Sesame Street Books
Sleep Tight - Sesame Street Books
Big Enough For A Bed - Sesame Street Books
What are some of your child's favorites? Which books do you feel helped you through a milestone with your child and/or taught your child something valuable?