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Moving On Up To Story Books!

Bedtime stories with dad.

Bedtime stories with dad.

We are racing toward Cullen’s second year, faster than I can even quite comprehend.  A few days ago I shared how we’ve had a sudden language explosion, and there have been so many other changes to go along with that.  Now that Cullen is talking so much more, he’s also much more interested in advanced stories.

Gone are the days of board books with a big colorful picture and one giant block word on each page.  These days, he wants to hear stories, identify characters, point out details, and talk about the conclusion.  It’s good timing, since we can start moving his board books out of his room and into the nursery, and start adding to his collection of big boy books.

He reads a lot of books in the car – they are his main source of entertainment.  I’m amazed at how long he will stare at one page, and I wonder what he is thinking as his little eyes dart around.  He also sits in his crib for a good stretch of time in the morning and after naps, flipping through the pages of the books I leave in the corner of his bed.  I’m happy he’s such an independent reader, long before the days of actually reading the words.

Right now his favorites are Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman, and he loves anything that involves animals.  Of course, Sesame Street books are always a hit as well.  Since books can add up when you need a whole new set, I’ve been keeping my eye out for favorites at consignment stores, library sales, and resale shops.  Bit by bit, we’re getting there, and I expect we’ll get him a few more for his upcoming second birthday.

Even though it gets old to read the same few books over and over again, I love that he has a few favorites and that he knows the characters and details of the pages so well.  I am amazed at how much he can retain and tell me long after we’ve finished the story.

Now if I can only get him to stop ripping the pages…

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