who said reading is bored?

I find it’s not a rocket-science to get toddlers to read books. The trick is to start them early and to get the right book. As much as babies love to play with toys, I find they also love to hold and look at books. So if you start introducing to them at the early stage and make it a routine to read them book, they begin to love books insyaAllah.

To get an interesting book is tricky. Books that adults find amusing might not interest kids at all. From my past experiences working in the Preschool, some top titles that majority kids love (that I can still recall include) the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The bigger kids (5-6 years old) also love the Magic School Bus collection.

Since I’m a book-lover myself, I usually buy a book for AE whenever I went to bookstore (which is like once a month). Plus last time as a teacher, we got a privilege to buy books from Scholastic at a cheaper price.

The best type for those less than 3 years old is the hard cover. It is a bit more expensive, but I believe it is worth it. Only now that AE is 3-years old I find he’s able to read non- hard cover. Since his interest revolved around animals, most of his favorite books are on animals. He will read the book he likes everyday, day and night for months. Sampai lunyai lah kiranya buku tu.

Still, not all books with animal he loves. So when I buy one from the bookstore, it’s a bit of a gamble, too. I just look at it as an investment; maybe I can use the book for my future preschool. Well, or donate it I suppose. With books, it’s never a loss.

These are amongst the books that he loves:

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins.

Hooray for Fish

Although Lucy is famous with Maisy the mouse story, it’s the Fish book that attracts Ashman. There was all kind of creative fish illustration in the book such as elephant-like fish, upside down fish, shy fish, twisty twirly fish, etc. AE really loves this book since he was 1+ years old. I will make sure to bring the book whenever we go. Whenever I detect an almost-tantrum episode is going to take place (for example while we are having dinner outside and AE is getting bored already), the book will be my saviour. I’ll take out the book and AE will be calm reading it. Thanks Lucy!

Icky Bug Numbers by Jerry Pallotta

Icky Bug Numbers

I bought the book in US from the Scholastic years ago. Haha sounds like I’m so well planned; buying toddlers book at the age of 20. No, I didn’t buy it for my future kids, I just buy it simply because I love books and kids in general:). Well, it is so worth it coz AE loves it so much. It has different kind of colorful bugs, teaching kids about color and numbers simultaneously.

Franklin Says I Love You by Paulette Borgeois

Franklin Says I Love You

Bought the book from Scholastic, too. My niece actually like the book. She was 3-years old that time (now she is 10-years old). She will ask me to read it every hour! Mmg buku tu lunyai sampai koyak and dah stapler balik huhu… I think it’s a story about Franklin the turtle who’s looking for a perfect present for her mother for Mother’s Day. Have not introduced the book to AE yet, not sure whether will get the same receptive:).

I hope AE’s interest on books will last even when he’s bigger! I’ll share more idea for books from time to time. See ya later alligator!

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of werewolf and chameleon

AE is going to be 3 years old in 2 weeks. I feel he has grown up so much compared to the last few months. He is a big boy now who understands the art of bargain. AE understands timeline now and will say things like “sekejap lagik” and “lepas nie”, I feel it’s a matter of time to hear he says “5 more minutes” [famous phrase between me & hubby] 🙂.

I also begin to teach him about time. Pointed to the clock and said “nak pukul 11 dah..tidur” thus his first recognition on the wall clock. Yesterday he pointed to the clock at my niece’s house and said “yg tu lain dengan rumah kita”. Hehe…

Remember my entry earlier about bringing AE to the office? Now I no longer bring him to the office in weekend in the hope that he forgets about it. Of course he doesn’t. He will say mummy’s office boley main ball, daddy’s office boley main satu Malaysia (flag). *sigh*. Trying to explain to him the weekend vs weekday idea, but of course he can’t fully grasp the concept yet at his age. Well, I just hate to lie to kids…

I remember reading about how Diyana’s son from Diyanazman pleaded for her not to go to work. Well, it has now started with AE; and it really breaks my heart to do it. I just have to go AE dearie. I hope one day you’ll understand.

On another note, AE now adds more animals in his vocabulary belt; namely insects, chameleon, iguana, salamander and werewolf! Oh yeah…werewolf! Where he watches 50 times a day from HP: The Prisoner of Azkaban. I think he is very fascinated of the idea that a man can change to a wolf. Huh…

He knows I don’t like the reptiles, so he will pretend to take the chameleon in the picture and said “nah mummy nak makan makan” – – try to feed to me. OMG, where do you learn such thing? Boys will be boys…

He has this book on insects with all kind of pictures. Emm.. I know grasshopper and ladybug, but some insects can be use interchangeably like beetle and bug. So kekadang harinie I cakap beetle, esok I cakap bug hehe…AE will quickly correct me. Hehe…sukati aku je kelentong. Yesterday he found ladybug for the first time at our garden and ran to the back of the house to show daddy:).

He has a very good memory. Some of the things he said really touched my heart. Like the first day the daddy sent him to Preschool. Daddy said “Ashman, daddy nak pergi alih kereta kejap”, coz our car block the way. But then the teacher came out and told my hubby that he can leave as AE looked fine, so he left without saying goodbye. So later that day when I picked him up, AE first question was “daddy pergi mana tadi masa dekat school?”

Then there was this concert day where he reluctant to go backstage for face painting. I told him I will sit right at the bench nearest to the backstage. The teacher took him away and he cried for a good half an hour. Of course I then moved to sit with the audience. I went to pick him up after the show and he said “mommy duduk kat situ kan”, while pointing at the bench. It made me felt guilty and wondered whether he has been eyeing the bench all that time and didn’t see me…

Well, I’ll write some other time about his first concert and his Preschool. Some parents have been asking about his school, but we just started sending him last October hence it’s still too early to make any recommendation. However except for the morning separation-crying part, alhamdulilah things have been pretty good. Well, we still can’t imagine how to cope when the school opens this January though…Talk about holiday hangover for a 3-year old…*sigh*