If you haven't heard of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library yet, you're about to alllllwaaaaaaaayyyyyysssss loooooooooooooove ME! Did you know that she wrote Whitney's iconic ballad? I'm chock full of fun facts today...
My feeling is that if your kids are surrounded by books, eventually they'll pick them up to look at them. The more contacts they make, the more likely they are to start reading. As a former reading teacher, I made sure to NEVER force my children to read (or listen to me reading), knowing that it could very well create a negative sentiment around the act.
Daphne would flat-out get mad at me when I read to her as a baby. I tried in little doses, getting a sentence or two in when I could. By the time she was two, I was constantly reading to her and she would memorize entire books and recite the lines along with me. Here she is at my favorite bookstore in Savannah, Georgia:
When Corina came along, I, again, played it cool with reading reading, but she got hooked much quicker. I also learned from a friend about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income. My friend told her kids that the books come from "Aunt Dolly" - how cute?! Us BrunsCo folks are lucky!
To see if the service is available in your area, click the link - https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/
Here's Corina with her favorite gift from Aunt Dolly:
We must have read that one a thousand times during quarantine. I love how inclusive it is. Be sure to sign up your babies and your house will be filled with books in no time!