I guess it's too obvious to debate about how many books you should have in your home library.
But what about babies just starting the journey? Should you be... A. reading the same book over and over again or B. Introducing her/him to as many books as possible? C. Or maybe just trying both
Currently I have about ten ml books for our baby boy, and three especially seem to appeal to him including his favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So right now I'm reading this book three (or maybe four...or maybe five) times a day plus the other two books.
We're pretty sure that ten books are not enough, even if it's for a baby, and plan on expanding our home library soon.
But do you guys think at this stage reading the same book a thousand times until you can memorize the pages might be better for his development of the ml?
Maybe there's no correct answer, but just curious to know everyone's cases!
I'd say there is no clear answer to it, especially since at that age it is impossible to really understand what babies think or feel about the matter.
My youngest is 14 months old and until about 2-3 months ago, she did not seem very interested in books. She only recently developed a sharp interest in them and it is at that point that I felt it was necessary to get more books for her. She doesn't seem to grow tired of her books.
On the other hand, my eldest has whims whereby she can get bored of a book and then a month later get suddenly interested in it and make me read it over and over again. Hence great to get the vocabulary into her little head.
I also confess that I am a bit too addicted to buying kids books! lol Since the beginning of the year, I have a monthly budget to expand my daughters' library (and to stay reasonable with my purse ). Before, and particularly when my eldest was a baby, I used to borrow a LOT of ml2 books from the kids' foreign book section at my local library; but I'm not able to do so as often as I want now since my eldest is coming of age to read and I don't want her to bring home any ML books (which she is bound to do if I take her with me).
If you have the chance to have a similar facility close by, it could help you vary the books at a very low budget.
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What I always did, and this is by no means the way to go, is buy just a few (mostly touchy-feely books, which seem to be the ones they're more interested in at that age) when they're little. It's when they get a bit older (18 months - 2 years) that I start getting more and more books.
Like Amy, I'm also a bit addicted to buying books for my children. I don't have a monthly budget (great idea!) but every time we visit a library with books in the ml or check Amazon for them, I get a few.
My baby is now more interested in passing pages than in whatever I -try to- read. Up until a couple of weeks ago, he'd even cry if I tried to sit him in front of a book for him to see and touch while I read it. If I read it while letting him do whatever he wanted, he'd just ignore it.
My daughter loves her books, but like Amy's eldest, she'll always want us to read the same one for a while, then move to a different one -usually the newest we got-, to go back to a previous one later on.
Like Amy, I'm also a bit addicted to buying books for my children.
Glad to see I'm not alone.
I think there is no right or wrong. My daughter is a bit older already (turning 7 this month), so my memory of her book habits as a baby might not be all that clear. If your baby shows any sort of interest for a book (points at something, grabs it, whatever), stick with that one, or bring it out again next time. If you notice he's interested in a certain kind of book, see if you can find other books of the same kind (if he likes The Very Hungry Caterpillar, have a look at other Eric Carle books, for example).
Otherwise, just go ahead and get new books (maybe set a budget first, like Amy has - I really should do that too).
But, as Adam has stated repeatedly, you can never have too many books!
Good to hear a lot of us parents become bookworms when it comes to our kids!
When I'm reading my son's favorite book, he's glued to the pages, and when we turn to the final page (the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly!), he opens his mouth and moves his feet madly, so I guess he's enjoying it! (OK, I admit I just wanted to say our son is so cute when he's doing that.)
Setting a monthly budget is a great idea! And looking at everyone's comments, it seems like if the book is engaging my son, reading it until he moves on could be the way to go! After all, making story time fun is the first step to encouraging your kid to become a bookworm, isn't it?
In addition, as Mayken suggested, I will carefully look into other Eric Carle books as well. Hope we could dig in his interests!
Tomo, when my kids were small, I made a weekly trip to the children's library in Hiroshima and came home with bagfuls of English books (for me to read aloud) and Japanese books (for my wife to read aloud). At the same time, it's true, I was regularly buying books for our home, but those library books were a great asset to my early efforts. So I would encourage you to take full advantage of the free English resources that you'll likely find at your local library.
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