“Mom Read Chapters Please…”
Nearly every night Zakari and I turn the lights off in his bedroom. He cuddles with his big, brown stuff toy dog and covers himself with his blue comforter. I sit or lay next to his bed and by flashlight read to him what he affectionately refers to as “Read Chapters”.
Since we have started this powerful routine, bedtime is no longer a battle of wills. It is a time we both love, and look forward to each night. As a mother, having my child fall asleep to my voice gives me such purpose.
Autism, Bedtime & Books
When it comes to bedtime with kiddos on the autism spectrum, sometime this can be an even bigger challenge to parents then the neurotypical child. Getting them hooked to bedtime stories can be such a powerful tool. Turning bedtime into a bonding time takes the stress and battle out of the end of the day.
One of the most important things a parent can do for their child’s development as shown by research is read aloud to them. Children who are read to have larger vocabularies,
The American Academy of Pediatrics Agree
Recommending parent-child home reading beginning at birth and continuing at least through kindergarten. Behavioral evidence has shown that children who are read to, especially before school entry, experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills.
According to the AAP reading aloud and story times positiviely effect the brain. This gives these children a head start when they go to kindergarten. Children that are behind in Kindergarten often do not catch up to their peers later on.
What Should We Read Then?
So I stand firm behind my thoughts that reading to your child is the most important thing you can do for your child’s education. But what should we read?
I believe you should read what your child is interested in. If you have a child who is interested in dogs, find a series based around dogs to get them hooked. You want to suck them into the world of reading. Then after you have them hooked you can start branching out to books on other topics.
My Child Is Too Young To Have Interests, What then?
If you have a newborn at home and you want to start early, you can basically read them anything at this point. I mean I’m not sure I’d start with Steven King or anything, but at this point is more about hearing your voice and hearing new words. So you can try:
- the newspaper
- more G rated fictions
- a non fiction that interested the parent. (I know of a mom who as studying for nursing and read her textbooks to her son for those few years. She needed to study so she combined bedtime stories with studying. This little man developed a real thirst for knowledge on the human body.
- poetry books
- classic children’s literature
- If you have an older child, just include them in what you are reading the the older sibling
What We Read in December 2018
I love reading what other families are reading! So its only fair I share too! Check out my video about what we read in December 2018. All the books are listed below.
This is the series that dragged Zakari into the world of chapter books. It was a series of 5 books that I found at Once Upon a Child and just decided I should get it. I’m really glad we did, because it opened the world of chapter books up to him. They have to be read in order, so make sure to start with book one and work your way through.
This series was around when I was a kid. However my school library was kind of crummy and I didn’t get to read very many of them. But now that I got Zakari hooked on them, I am reliving my childhood. You do have to read the first book in the series to get to know everyone, but after that you can read them out of order. Of course that is if your OCD doesn’t kick in like mine does LOL.
This is a new series to us. I have to say I was impressed. It was a simple, but sweet story about a prince named Lucas who was very lonely. Since we have only read one books I’m not sure if you have to read them in order. But I assume they build on each other.
This is another staple series in our read aloud lives. Along side with the Dragon Masters series, the Magic Tree House helped foster my son’s love for books. We have now followed Jack & Annie on 27 journeys and we just can’t get enough. This is another series that should be read in order.
I forgot to pull this book out to show you guys in the video. Sorry!
This is another favourite series of Zakari’s. This particular book would be great to talk about safety on ice, especially for kiddos that live near or spend time near lakes and rivers during the winter.
These are great books for kids that are just getting into chapter books. They can be read out of order in my opinion. As they are harder to find we have been forced to read them in any order we can get our hands on them. But I haven’t felt like we are out of the loop. They are not as great as the original series because they are shorter and used simpler vocabulary. But great for a quick read.
Every time I pick up one of these books, I’m expecting to be disappointed. We had enjoyed the first books so much, I couldn’t believe the author could do it again and create something so wonderful. But this book did not disappoint. I have no idea how I missed this series when I was a kid.
Always in Search
I hope you have found this helpful. I often consider myself well versed in what is available in children chapter books, but I am more times then not surprised about series that have been out a long time, but I have never heard of.
Please share below in the comments books your children are currently enjoying. I’m always looking for new ideas!