Several times each day, when we have some down time, I say to Abby, "Do you want to read a book?" She usually responds with a nod of her head at which point I tell her to go pick one out. It is always interesting to see which book she will bring first. She tends to go through phases of favorites. For the past several days, she has chosen P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother?
We proceed to read the chosen book or look at the pictures, whichever her patience level allows. When finished, she walks over to her shelf, selects another book and comes back and plops herself down onto my lap. This process repeats for several books until one of us is distracted by some other venture.
Other times during the day, she will run off to her room. While we hear her rustling around, Sam and I will guess what treasure she will return with. It is usually one of her babies or stuffed animals but more and more often, she brings out a book.
She has learned a lot from her books. She knows who Jesus (always whispered) is. She can point to pictures of things I ask her about. She can make some awesome animal sounds. And, reading time is always a good time to steal some snuggles.
I'm grateful that Abby is developing a love for books. Thanks to the dollar store, a new book is always in the budget.