I recently wrote this review of the books of Mo Willems for Sassy Mama Singapore.
I value reading to my kids. Really, I do. But at the end of a typical day with my kiddos, with all the ups and downs and silly faces and whiny voices, I’m flat out exhausted and the last thing I want to do is read long books to the bubs. I feel horrible saying it, but with dishes to do and the hope of a precious few moments of mommy time before bed, and maybe even some hubby time (gasp!), I have been known to skip a page here and there, insist upon a shorter book, and limit the number of books we read each night.
But I am a teacher. I know what reading together will instill in them—a good sense for grammar, inspiration for whimsy and imaginary things, and a love for books in general. This love for books can translate to all manner of learning in the future. On top of that, reading with the kiddos gives me the chance to push their minds just a bit, ask them what they think will happen next, talk about the author and illustrator, discuss the choices the characters make in the books which in turn gives them a chance to develop as independent thinkers.
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