Most parents carry on the tried and true tradition of reading to their child before he goes to bed at night, but sharing a story is more than a nighttime ritual. Reading to your child at anytime of day is beneficial; it promotes a positive attitude toward books, it builds fluency and it develops vocabulary. Pairing the reading with a tangible object your child can hold while you read together adds to the emotional connection and emotional memory your child will develop for reading.
One of my favorite picture books to read is Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.
Through a mixed medium of photography and animated illustration, Mr. Willems has created a comical story that every parent can relate to, a child losing their favorite toy and the tears and frustration that follow until the treasured ‘lovey’ is found.
Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares program is now selling Mo Willems’ book characters and Knuffle Bunny is one of them. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy some reading time with your little one than by snuggling up with Knuffle Bunny and reading the book together. After you’ve read the book to your child, encourage her to ‘read’ or re-tell it to Knuffle Bunny. What a wonderful way to reinforce language development and a lifelong love of reading.