Children’s Books Are For Every Age

Just when I think my kids have outgrown certain children’s books, they will always surprise me by suddenly being drawn to the book I am about to put away.  One example is this animal picture book that is completely torn apart from the days of having a 2 year old and 6 month old.  This book has seen better days, and although I was not going to throw it away – I thought I would put it in my “baby books” bin I have started in case we have a third someday.

Even at the ages of “almost three” and “four and a half”, they love looking at the animals, discussing their favorites, and giving them names.  I have to admit, of all the books I have read to my kids, this one is actually my favorite.  It brings back memories of when they were younger toddlers, would sit so nicely in my lap, and take in every page.  Every night we read this book cover to cover (okay most nights)…sometimes if I was tired I would pull the trick of skipping a few pages!  Let’s just say this was a standard bedtime read – always on the nightstand.  One of my most precious memories is of reading this book to Johnny.  On the farm animal page we would go through the standard sounds, cow, horse, duck, etc…but when I would say, “and a hen says cluck, cluck”, he would turn and look up to me and give me the cutest smile in the world…every time.  I always knew it was coming and I looked forward to it.  I wish I had a snapshot of that adorable face, but it looked something like this:

Layla, a bird lover, has always been drawn to this page.  She is fascinated by birds…and the movie, Rio.  Everytime we hit this spread:

…she finds two birds to name Rio and “Jules”.  I actually just realized the girl bird in the movie is really named Jewel.  This picture of Layla is from when she was around 22 months, but it captures her playfulness and I love it!

So I guess what I am trying to say is as parents we often think our kids have outgrown things…but it’s surprising, sweet, and fun to watch them enjoy books & toys from earlier years in a new way.  It make me (for a few minutes at least) believe they are not growing up as fast as I thought!

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