SHE READS BOOKS is a new blog project I’m starting to document the books that my daughter has read. We have just taken on the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, and I’ll use the blog to keep track of our progress (what better way to ensure accountability!), at the same time share our thoughts (mostly hers) on the books we read.
Why are we doing the challenge?
- For the most obvious reason: reading is beneficial to kids. My daughter is barely 3 years old and she speaks in complete sentences. She learned more than 50 words before she turned 2. And I’m referring to the English language and an expat kid. I give most of the credit to reading.
- For what is sometimes an overlooked reason: reading is beneficial to parents. Aside from promoting more bonding time with the kids, these reading sessions allow the parents to teach values and to exchange thoughts with the young ones. I learn a lot about my daughter between the pages of our bedtime books, when she shares random things while we flip through her book.
- My daughter loves to read. She started to “stare” at her baby board books around 2 months old, when her eyes started to take notice and focus on what’s in front of her. I thought it’s a behavior that I have an influence in, since I’m a book lover and I have exposed her to books even before she was born. But with the second child, he just turned 1 and I have a challenge making him sit still through 2 pages of his picture book. I get it. Same parents, different kids. Now that I am fully convinced that my daughter is a bookworm, I’m honoring that by giving her more books to read.
- Our family loves to hang out at the local library, or the bookstore. We love books and we love to read. Enough said.
- I am hoping that through this reading program I am also teaching my child the concept of goal-setting and personal leadership. Hopefully making the learning fun and aligned to her favorite things.
- I also aim to discover books that I’d like to recommend to young girls, like those about bad-ass princesses and female characters that break gender stereotypes.
Although we have been reading for quite some time, I officially kick off the project this April as a birthday gift to her.
Book recommendations are definitely welcome.