Reading was one of my favorite relaxation activities as a child.  I always loved reading the Amelia Bedelia series and The Berenstain Bears. There was also a book my twin brother and I enjoyed reading called Glasses - Who Needs 'emby Lane Smith.

As I got older I read novels. I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear in seventh grade.  I don't remember all of the books I read at the age, but I know I read quite a few.  The Goosebumps series were pretty good and so were The Babysitters Club.

When my nephew, Josiah was born  I loved to read to him.  His favorite was Put Me In The Zooby Dr. Seuss. As he got older, I helped him learn how to read.  And when my little brother was born I read to him all the time too and started helping him learn how to read when he got old enough.

Now I read to my son and have ever since he was in th womb. He has alot of books that I've read to him over and over again. I told my husband we need to get more books for him. The book I read to him while he in me was Disney Enchanted Tales.  It's a 2 book set filled with classic Disney tales.  My cousin bought it for him shortly after she found out I was pregnant. I never did finish the first book of tales, but I think I'm going start it over anyway since he's out of the womb now.

I did read a novel out loud to my son recently called The Cricket In Times Squareby George Selden. The words are pretty simple in it and it doesn't have a complex sentence structure.  I would summarize each chapter after reading it. And when we resumed the next day I would refresh his memory with a brief summary of what we read the previous day.

Whenever I read to him, he sits down, looks at me and listens with interest. I hope he grows to love books as much as I do.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 4:42 PM

You have the right start to instill a love of reading in your son.

I read everything to my children and didn't worry about structure or wording.  It truly depends on your cadence and tone.  We've read The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E L Koningsburg and the entire Land of Oz series when my children were all infants.

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