Story Time

I am a firm believer in reading with kids, pretty much as soon as their eyes can focus on a book.

I loved being read to as a kid. Richard Scarry’s Nursery Rhymes was an old favourite– including the Two Cats of Kilkenny, who fought and fit and scratched and bit until instead of two cats, there weren’t any. The giant who intends to grind the Englishman’s bones to make his bread. The fellow who went to Taffy the Welshman’s house and beat him on the head with a marrow bone. I remember them all fondly to this day (no nightmares or anything).

And now I love reading to my kids, and they love to be read to. Mostly.

Big Bro can’t get enough of story time and hearing his favourites. He loves being read to so much that he insists on finishing any book we start, even if it’s one of those ones you realize halfway through is a dud (at least for a 3-year-old, or at least this 3-year-old). Take, for instance, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I’m spouting endless lines about Wumps and Zanses and yellow gox box socks or whatever the heck and thinking, Good Lord, this doesn’t even make sense to an adult, he can’t be liking this. He won’t let me off the hook, though. He’s hanging on for all 50 pages (or however long it is. Feels like 50).

It wasn’t always that way, though. Story time with Little Bro, now 1.5 years old, brings back memories of trying to read a book while he repeatedly flips back to the page with the car, turns the page before you find out what’s in the Great Green Room, or just plain packs it in two steps into the Barnyard Dance. If you haven’t piqued his interest, that book’s outta here.

I Love You Through and Through is just such a book that he often declares is at “The End” before it’s over. Come on, it’s cute! What’s the matter, sentimentality not your thing? Fine, I say, YOU pick what we’ll read, then.

“Beebee!” He says, waving around Where is Baby’s Belly Button. Again.

Well, spoiler, kid, her feet are still behind the cat. Never ceases to get the rapt attention, though. Again! Again!… Sigh.

So, I guess there are some choices in our selection that can enchant a toddler. You just have to pick the right ones.

I remember wanting to draw the above cartoon when Big Bro was that age, so I’m guessing that’s just what a blossoming love of books looks like when you’re one and a half.


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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Kids

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Reese Speaks says:

    My little guys are just starting to like storytime. The nook of choice now is Guess How Mich I Love You. My younger daughter can’t get enough of it, and we have to cut her off after the 2nd reading. Loved your comic strip. That’s my youngest from time to time.

  2. Brenda A says:

    I have incredibly fond memories of my favourite books as a child, too! One of my favourite things is to find a treasured old story that I have not seen in over 30 years at Good Will, Value Village or a garage sale. I have a small pile of books that take me back and I love them!

  3. Christine says:

    Being a blogger myself, love reading your blog each time. Write some more

  4. Julie Bolduc says:

    Lol thank god you didn’t have nightmares

  5. Laurie P says:

    We’ve got books all over the house! My hubby is a HUGE bookworm so reading to the kids is a favorite activity for him. We saved our sons books from 10 years ago, they are pretty worn but we’ve still got’em. Classics from Dr. Seuss, Richard Scary, Robert Munsch…

  6. Laurie P says:

    …and the cartoon is dead on lol

  7. KD says:

    My daughter’s attention span has been increasing as she has gotten older. I’ve been reading to her since before she was born. For a while, she would only sit still for books with very few words (1 sentence or less) per page, but is now onto some easier Berenstain Bears books (Bright and Early or Beginner), simpler Dr Seuss (like One Fish Two Fish), and Richard Scarry. I was a huge Richard Scarry fan as a child!

  8. Heidi C. says:

    I love reading with my kids. I even started collecting books for them before they were conceived!

  9. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha this brings back memories. Where is Baby’s Belly button was a favourite in my house too.

  10. Karen E. Hill says:

    I loved reading books to my son as well. It was a bedtime ritual. Needless to say it was because I liked reading. He never did cotton on to books like I do. Oh well. One can only try.

  11. Wendy Jabkowski says:

    I love reading to my 19 month old and he loves bringing me books to read to him so I know he enjoys it. I will always remember him sitting on my lap while I read to him 🙂

  12. kathy downey says:

    We got books all over the house,we all enjoy reading

  13. kathy downey says:

    Awe,such good memories

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