Create the Journey: Readers are Leaders (Kids Edition)
I’m going to be real with you for a second, when I was growing up, I HATED reading. But now I find books inspiring, interesting, imaginative (how many I words can I come up with?!) So I created a children’s library just for JP so that he could learn, escape to new worlds, and hopefully be more excited about reading than when I was a kid. In today’s episode I’m sharing JPs (and mine) top 10 children’s books. Enjoy!
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I’m gonna be real with you for a second. When I was growing up, I hated reading. But now I find books inspiring, interesting and imaginative. How many I words could I come up with? So I created a Children’s library just for J. P so that he could learn, escape to new worlds and hopefully be more excited about reading than when I was a kid. In today’s episode, I’m sharing J. P’s and mine Top 10 Children’s books. I’m your host, Monique Lockwood, and you’re listening to the create the journey podcast, right? I just need to be real again for a second. I did that intro like seven times because probably like I just said, I would keep saying I’m going to be really for you with a second. It was insane. Anyways, let’s get to the episode. Don’t lie. Anyone else hate reading growing up? If you listened to my leaders are readers episode that was Episode 14 you would know that spark notes in Cliff notes were how I made it through school book reports. Yuck! Obviously looking back now, not the best decision reader books, kids. But when I became pregnant with J. P. I knew that I wanted to instill reading as a good and fun thing. So I set on a mission to create our very own Children’s library that continues to grow. That is way too big. We still haven’t made it through every book in always end of breeding the same 10 bucks that I’m gonna share with you today. And did I mention I still buy a book at least once a month to add to J. P’s collection? Someone called the book Police, but you will, because I have a problem. I have noticed a trend. I apparently have a lot of problems. So, like picture taking And you? I think he is getting excited about it, though, because in his car seat I leave his 1st 100 words book and the other day, on the way home from work, he was opening it and just babbling like Bob, Abba, Abba, Abba, Abba, Abba And like he was reading it and he was giggling, and it was so much fun for him. So, yeah, he also has a book, Ben, right next to his toy bin, and recently he’s been going for books first, So hopefully I’m winning in this. I didn’t like to read battle. I don’t really remember reading too much as a kid. Oh, and don’t get me wrong. I know my parents read me because I can still picture those shining gold spines, also known as Little Golden Books. I actually looked up on Amazon. Sounds like what are they called? And I will leave the link to those in the show notes for you in all the other books that I mentioned today. But remember there were Disney ones. Pokey the Little Puppy. He was like a white and brown spotted dog and your classic Children’s stories. And actually our birth coach gave us a little golden book. The Goldilocks and the Three Bears toe Help us remember that in parenthood we just have to find are just right. Not too cold, not too hot kind of thing. Isn’t that so? Sleep. There are a lot of benefits that come from reading to your Children, from prenatal to the adolescent age, and here are a few good reasons. All source from Rasmussen dot edu reading is fundamental R f or Web M D and P B s that work. I did quite a bit of research for those episode, so first start early and read. Often. Reading to babies helps build bonds, vocabulary and habits. If you make it a part of your teen, they’re going to look forward to it and then read the pictures. Cause illustrations are visual clues that can help kids build their vocabulary and their emotional tool kit. So while reading pause toe, look at the characters body language and ask, How do you think they’re feeling right now? Reading aloud gives unborn babies the foundation of language because babies can hear their mother’s voice their dad’s voice and absorb the language before they’re even born, especially during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy. Which is funny because Phil actually would read to my belly almost every night. And if you didn’t, I would. And I have this hilarious video and he’s going to kill me for saying this of him reading the wonky Donkey. You’ve never read that book. It’s hilarious, and Phil was really getting into it and and has the best accent ever. Anyways, I cannot share that video because I will no longer be life that happened so back to why reading is important reading aloud forms, social skills and infants. So hearing you read with enthusiasm and you’re using such expressive sounds or different voices for different characters builds emotional awareness and infants. And this, along with pointing at and touching the books, helps develop social skills, and young beauties reading aloud support basic speaking skills as well. So hearing how you read the words of the book reinforces, like your toddler’s understanding of how to pronounce and enunciate words. It also increases Children’s vocabulary. The more that adults read aloud to Children, the larger their vocabularies will grow, and the more they will know about the world and their place in it, reading aloud increases, empathy and Children. It lets Children use their imaginations to explore people, places, times and events beyond their own experiences. And this exploration is a key component of Children’s empathy. Skills Reading also encourages teens to become lifelong readers, so a teen’s injuries and books may start to drop off. I know mine definitely did, but if they’re around adults who are regularly reading when Children see adults get excited about reading, they can typically catch that same enthusiasm, which is funny, because recently J P has been coming up and just sitting in my lap like if I’m sitting on the floor, he’ll stand in front of me and then just like, start backing up until he feels my legs and then I’ll just blow up right in my lap and half the time it’s with a book. So we’re getting there now to the goodness I wanted to share our top 10 favorite Children’s books, and I say our because some of them are mine to, um And then some of them were ones. I he’s always picking it. So the 1st 1 which is actually a song I heard it as a song before I knew it was a book and I was going through, I think was Cole’s actually and saw the book. I was like, Oh my gosh, I have to get it So that one is baby beluga. Bye Raffi and J. P loves it when I sing it to him because he just loves music and he’ll just start like bobbing up and down. I don’t know if you’ve heard it, but all sing a little something for you. It goes baby beluga and the deep blue sea swims a wild Any ism so free heaven above and the sea below. You’re just a little white way on the go And then I continues going and I could probably seeing that entire book to you. But all I grab this little belly when I say that he’s little whale on the go. So, yeah, there’s my singing voice for you guys. I’ve been like a really good mood while I’m recording this episode. Not that I’m in a bad mood when I’m recording other ones that I guess I’m just goofy because we’ve been in Korean team for so many days. I think a week now. All right. The next one is pout, pout, fish, and that one is by Deborah Decent and J. P loves. When I go blub blub blub, he looks at me and tries to say Blub blub blub back to me, it’s hilarious that one is really cool, because it’s about this Paup out fish that eventually becomes like super happy when he gets kissed by the super awesome other little lady fish. Oh, the things you can think by Dr Seuss I love doctors is we have a ton of Dr Seuss books, but this one he, I think, actually gets into because of the rhythm. And, yeah, it’s just really good one. The next one is drafts. Can’t dance by guy. Lt’s Andre. That one is super awesome, too, because it actually teaches them a lesson to really go out in. Do your own thing and people will end up loving you for you. At least that’s what I get out of it. But, um, also there and try to dance with J P. Like acting like a draft. It’s really cute. How do I love you? Bye. P K Hala Nan is probably one of my favorites. I actually found this book at a used bookstore when I was building J. P’s library initially, and I read it and I absolutely just fell in love with it. And it was so cool because this was the one that I would read to him every night while I was pregnant and I would read him other books. But as soon as I would start reading, How do I love you? I know why he would start wiggling in, like getting all excited. So that’s just my mom. Heart melting. Read it. It’s really good dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is one of his reason. Favorites, because it has the little like hide and seek flaps in it, and he likes to see the lion and the snake. So go read that one. Move all La la LA by Sandra Boynton is a fun book. He has two marks all over this book, but it’s fun because you can actually make the noises of the animals and point to them and say, Can you move like a cow? Or can you oink like a pig? So brown bear, brown bear, What do you see? We have the slide and find Edition. The one that I found on Amazon is like a little flap addition, but he loves it because it is interactive. And then, I think, because the colors are really bright and it’s a really good book to learn your colors and your animals the next one. These so these next two are also my favorites. J. People sit there and listen to me read them, and it’s a little more tough because they’re not board books their actual, like page books. But I love these. The 1st 1 is the noon balloon by Margaret Wise Brown. And it’s about thes two kids, and I think it’s a little puppy that hop into this hot air balloon and literally explore around the world in a night. It’s super cute and then build Me a Home by Emily Bannister and Anna Sanfilippo. That one is really great as well, because it not only brings an imagination because it’s like build me an ice castle or build me a tree house or build me a tent or build me an igloo, build me a home And then at the end, it goes into how you can include everything and everyone in your home and really be a family. So another one that melts my mom heart. There are a lot more favorites, but I had to narrow it down to our top favorites into review. And they are baby beluga. Bye, Raffi Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Decent Oh, the things you can think by Dr Seuss Drafts Can’t Dance by Kyle’s Andre. How do I love you? Bye Piquet Helen Ann Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell Moo Baa la la LA by Sandra Boynton Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle. The Noon Balloon by Margaret Wise Brown and Build Me a Home by Emily Bannister in an ASEAN Fillipo. So again, why should you read to your little’s? It promotes bonding time, especially your cuddling on the couch or you’re sitting together on the floor, and then it increases their vocab. You can help build habits if you build it into your routine, and it helps them to explore other things about not just our world but other worlds that they can use their imagination with. All right, Have you been bowling along on Instagram? Did you see that enrollment is open for my new photography course I created for working in busy mama’s toe? Learn how to use your DSLR cameras quickly in easily. Seriously, In just four weeks, you’ll be taking better photos of your kids and being Lee to create a family legacy that you’re proud of and honestly, that you deserve because you’re busy, Mama, and you find time every day, toe love on your kids and family. Put those memories in photos and let them live on spots are on a first come first serve basis because it is a live course, and I provide personal attention to each of my students. 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Take a picture of you reading you can see my photo and all the links in this episode in the show. Notes and monique Lockwood dot com forward slash Episode 018 Remembered a tag hashtag see TJ underscore Everyday, Extraordinary. Next week I’ll be checking in on you amidst all this craziness that is hashtag quarantine in the Corona virus. We’ll be revisiting winningly 2020 and how you can focus on self care during this crazy time. Until then, continue creating the dreamy you up chat. Thank you for listening to the Creative journey podcast. If you enjoy this episode, I’d love for you to leave, but only that. But not by leaving review. You reach more beautiful people just like yourself. So to get the newest episode as soon as it’s available, be sure to subscribe.