One of my favorite times with my nine-month old son is reading stories just before nap time and bedtime. While it would seem to be easy to get tired of the same stories over and over, there are those that I can read again and again and still love them. I’m sure I’ve read some of these a hundred times already.
There’s the cute stories like Oliver Jeffer’s How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found which have some really wonderful watercolor artwork to go with them. They are just wonderful books to peruse. There’s the classic stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and …What Do You… series illustrated by Eric Carle. There’s good old Dr. Suess. There’s some of the odder ones like Goodnight Moon which seems so simple, but I love it. I love the slow pace you can take reading it. I love that you can continue the story after the last goodnight. “Goodnight hallway, goodnight chair, goodnight owl and goodnight bear…” as I carry my son to his room to lay down for a nap and maybe a quick song before.
I hope I never forget watching my son’s eyes scan the pages as I read, kick his feet against the floor at the exciting parts, rub his eyes as he tires, and lay his head against my chest as Mr. Sandman comes to take him away from me for a little while. Goodnight son. I know you won’t let me read to you forever, but I would if you’d let me.