Recently, my three-year-old was rattling off a list of things he was thankful for. Admittedly, I was not paying too much attention to him until I heard him add "doors" to his list. That made me stop and think. While I certainly am grateful that there are doors, I would have never thought to add it to a gratitude list! Since that experience, I have been thinking of other seemingly trivial things that I truly am thankful for, and children's books is definitely on the list.
At our house full of little boys, we are currently grateful for books on dinosaurs, trains, and construction equipment (books that can even teach me a thing or two). My boys love getting books on their favorite topics. I especially love books by Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton because they are short, quick reads, so much fun to read aloud. Plus, they make everyone laugh, and there's nothing I love more than hearing my children laugh. I love sharing an old favorite with my children and enjoy discovering new classics.
My sons love to look at books and rarely does a day go by where I am not interrupted with a request to read a book. It is not always a welcomed interruption, but ultimately one for which I am truly grateful because it allows me to get a quick bit of one-on-one time with them. Books seem to bring my children together. They will curl up together on the couch to explore an I Spy book or to read books to each other. I am so very thankful for the quiet minutes that those encounters provide me! After a long and often hectic day, bedtime stories provide the perfect end.
My oldest son is thankful for books because he learns so much from them. Books are great like that. The youngest children learn shapes, words and colors, as well as more about the structure of the English language. Older children learn about animals, cars, and faraway lands. A book can transport you to a time in the past or give you a peek at what the future may bring. A book can inspire a child to pretend or to explore something new (which, as a parent, may not always be something you are grateful for). A book is a wonderful tool to supplement your role as your child's first and most important teacher.
What books are you thankful for?
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