We love books in our house and read them at every opportunity. LP will even now pick up books and sit and ‘read’ them for ages. She loves books, loves her favourite stories – Gruffalo, Going on a bear hunt, Tabby McTat, Night Monkey Day Monkey – The list is endless!
We always try to have storytime before the children go to bed depending on how tired they are and how bedtime’s going – It’s one of those times of day that can very easily turn from being perfect to being hell in an instant. Bedtime meltdowns are quite common in our house!
When everything is going smoothly we do read a story, or two, or three at bedtime and it’s time that we all love. LP knows most of the stories, points out the characters and loves this bedtime ritual. Little Man is just starting to show an interest in books, staring at the pages, banging the pages when he sees things he likes in the book and trying to turn the pages for me.
Daddy has always been the storyteller in our house – He does the voices so much better than I can and because of his shifts it’s nice for him to have that time with the children on the evenings that he’s at home. I’m usually pottering about, gathering washing, putting things in the loft… Those things that you have to grab a moment to do. But every so often it will work out that Daddy’s home and I’ll do the story – Daddy will need to sort something else or we’ll just do things differently for the evening and it’s nice to enjoy books with the children too and on days when Daddy’s working then I’d do the story anyway!
Storytime has been an ordinary moment of ours since LP started showing an interest in books at around a year old. Nearly two years later and she loves books and has a little brother to share them with. Storytime will continue to be one of the most ordinary moments in our house but one we all love to be a part of.