Alex loves super heroes, in fact he is watching Spider-Man right now while I am writing this article. Recently when my husband was at Costco, he picked up the Superhero Collection from I Can Read which included six books with Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, and Super Man.
For the past few days, I have been reading these books to Alex every night. He has a lot of books, but these are his new favorites. Of course, it is likely to be a long time before he will be able to read them to himself. At this rate, I suspect he will have the books memorized first.
Kids learn through repetition. Alex likes to watch the same shows and read the same books again and again. For a while he was on a Sesame Street and Elmo kick. Then it was Thomas the Train, then Chuggington. He still loves all of those things, but right now he is into the superheros, especially Spider-Man.
If Alex is anything like me, he’ll be a reader. I don’t remember how young I was when I learned to read, but I was very into books as a kid. One of my elementary school teachers had a reading contest, and I won by a long shot. My parents did not let us watch much television, but they would let us read pretty much as much as we liked, so I use to read almost constantly. I read every book I could get my hands on. I still love books, but I don’t read nearly as many as I use to because just don’t have the time.
Kids have plenty of time to read and explore books. They just need someone to read to them until they learn how to read to themselves. A love of reading is established early on in a child’s life, which is why reading to children is so important.
Finding stories that interest the kids is important too. If your child loves super heroes, read about super heroes. If the child loves dinosaurs or trains, there are plenty of books about those things too. There are books about pretty much everything, so it is just a matter of finding the ones that your child loves.
There’s no need to spend a lot of money either. Multnomah County Library has a huge selection of books, including the super hero books that we just bought Alex. The only problem with getting books and videos at the library is that if your kid is like Alex, they may never want to return them.