Put a Bib on It

Little Bibliophile


Maybe Goodnight Moon isn't thrilling literature, but reading to babies is so important!Is it just me, or does Big Nutbrown Hare in Guess How Much I Love You seem to one-up Little Nutbrown Hare on every page? That can’t be good for the poor kid. And Goodnight Moon, really. I can name every object in a room, too. Literary gold?

There are so, so many good books I can’t wait to read with Miss E, but every day I muster my enthusiasm for the often tedious board book. I admit I am anxiously awaiting the bedtimes when we can read a chapter of Peter Pan or The Secret Garden or absolutely any of these books for older tinies. I want desperately for her to be a reader the way Mrs. Bennet wanted good husbands for her daughters, the way Anne Shirley wanted puffed sleeves. If Miss E’s first crush is a fictional character, I believe I’ll have succeeded as a parent.

But I don’t want to rush her. With this, as with everything, I have to remind myself to stop and play where Miss E is. We might read the same books every night, but just like when I re-read an old favorite, she finds something new each time: a texture, a color, the dexterity to turn the page. If she’s comfortable enough to drool on her copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I’m hopeful that I’ve set her up for a lifelong love of books. Because that’s worth waiting for.

Author: Jillian Kuhlmann

Mama. Nerd. Writer.

6 thoughts on “Little Bibliophile

  1. Hilarious and so true! I’m finishing up a novel right now and one of the characters trashes “Guess How Much I Love You” because of the length of the rabbits’ names. They are so tedious. But I’m so happy for you that you have the presence of mind to stop and actually BE where Miss E is right now, in this moment. Thanks for putting this into words for the rest of us. Blessings!

  2. I can completely relate to the feeling that some children’s books are tedious and often times do not make much sense. As a mother and toddler teacher, I have been handed books to read that would make my mind’s eye roll at the thought of having to read it. Of course, knowing the importance of language and literacy, I trudged and read on. Exposure to books is a right that should be had by all. The simple act of holding and mouthing a book is awesome exposure for a young infant. Next thing you know the pages will be turned back and forth, sometimes with no interest in the words or pictures. The child is interested in the cause and effect aspect of being able to move the pages. Then come the repetitive reading sessions with mom, dad, and often times caregiver. Eventually, as a child’s language grows they begin to look at the pages and “read” the book in their own words. Those tedious, repetitive books are often the books children can recite word for word in sequence! There is a lot to be said for children’s literature. I have definitely grown to love and adore it, even some books that years ago I didn’t understand at all.

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