Well, I wish I was reporting Madeline or Fancy Nancy as Pen Elaine’s favorite book, but I have been reading this week’s book so often that I am burnt out…Arthur’s Truck Adventure, by Marc Brown has been requested as “Arthur book” almost constantly! She also uses that request for Arthur Goes to Scool. She loves these especially because they are both “lift-the-flap” books. Pen Elaine also loves identifying all the animals throughout the pages and the re-telling of the Three Little Pigs. In the school book, there are great pages about opposites, counting, and Pen Elaine especially loves he page where there is a flap to open for each letter of the alphabet! So, even though I’m a little burnt out, these are both really fun and educational books about Arthur and friends!
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).