Pen Elaine is back on a Cat the Cat book kick: What’s your Sound, Hound the Hound? by Mo Willems. This may be my favorite book by Mr. Willems as well. The book is short and sweet, so it is not too much of a commitment to add it to your bedtime or nap time reading list, if you know what I mean! Furthermore, the ending is quirky and unexpected with a kind message. It is the type of humorous book that lends itself to making guests read it when they come over to our house, like sharing a joke with a friend…true story: I “made” my brother and sister-in-law read it once. Thankfully, Pen Elaine received this book as a Christmas gift, so we are able to read it at least 2 or 3 times a day at her request of “cat the cat.”
Reading together allows time to snuggle; it is a predictable activity that Pen Elaine can count on for spending time with mommy & daddy and knowing how to react to a situation, and so it builds her world of safety and trust that allows her to spend her energies on learning and growing (Here is a site with more technical attachment articles). When helping a young child to focus on the same thing for a more prolonged period, this is sometimes called maintaining their attention, which helps build their attention span and decrease the chance for developing some sort of attention disorder or difficulty (ref e.g. Bono & Stifter, 2003).