Here are Capstone we’re always brainstorming for new book ideas. I’ve been around children my whole life, whether they’re cousins, friends' children, or just kids I’ve babysat. But it wasn’t until I had my own that I really paid attention to what he likes to read. Now keep in mind that my son isn’t quite 2 years old yet. We went in spurts of reading for quite some time. He went through a phase where he wanted nothing to do with books. He just didn’t have the patience for it. He’s always been go, go, go … until now. He can’t get enough of sitting and looking at books. This makes me extremely happy, unless I’m reading the same one 50 times in one sitting. But even then it’s not so bad. His favorites include lots of animals, movable parts, or everyday word books. It amazes me how much he learns everyday. Each time we look through the word book he seems to know something more than the day before. I haven’t been able to get him to sit through many stories, even the ones that are really short and simple. This has always been curious to me, since they usually include great art or pictures just like the other books we look at. I haven’t quite figured that part out yet. However, the other night he sat still through an entire board book without any wiggles or aggressive page turning. This blew my mind! The book was Bear Says “Thank You.” Every time I would say “thank you” he would repeat it. I, of course, analyzed the situation. I figured he enjoyed the book because it talked about coloring, there was a mama bear, and we said “thank you” repetitively. He has also seemed to take an interest in bears lately, so that maybe just intrigued him altogether. Having these experiences helps me to understand what kids look for in a book, which helps me to be even better at my job.
What types of books are your kids’ or students’ favorites?
-Ashlee Suker, Design