Since I've been reading to my nearly 15-month old daughter pretty much every day since she was born, I've seen her interest in books and reading grow. She enjoys looking at and touching the pictures, listening to me read in different voices, and flipping pages. Over the past month, I've noticed that our reading time has been gradually getting longer and longer. When she started walking, I was lucky to have to her sit still for five minutes, but recently, she's been sitting on my lap for about 15 minutes at a time, getting us through two to three books.
And last night for the first time, she initiated reading time. She walked over to the bookshelf and started pulling books off and putting them in floor (not an unusual occurrence as I'm constantly putting books back on the shelf.) However, this time she sat down in the floor and started going through all of the books. Then she picked two up, brought them over to me, and sat on my lap. She WANTED me to read to her, and she CHOSE the books she wanted read!
What were these books? Princess Baby by Karen Katz, and Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. We read Princess Baby twice and Everyone Poops once. Then she climbed off my lap with Everyone Poops still in her hands, sat down in the floor, and started "reading" out loud to herself. Her favorite page in that particular book seems to be a two-page spread of a whale, which incidentally does not have a picture of whale poop.
So, while her favorite book seems to be a book about poop, last night I felt a little lump in my throat as I watched my daughter choose her own books and "read" for the first time.