It started a few months ago, when I chanced upon two 'An Elephant & Piggie book' books at the library. I liked the simple short phrases and the relatively big fonts used as it seems simple for Kaylene to learn to read on her own.
I would usually read books to them at bed time and these books were read to them as usual but with a little animated voice. The kids loved the books. The addiction came when I suggested us 'acting' out as Gerald (the Elephant in the book) and Piggie. Kaylene chose to be Piggie whilst Shiranne and mummy will be Gerald. It was SO SO MUCH FUN following the dialogues and actions! We followed the illustration like hugging each other, showing delighted or angry faces, waving arms etc and I think my girls have pretty good acting skills :)
Most importantly, Kaylene learnt to take note of the Author's and illustrator's name. She never ever did previously. And whenever we go to the library previously, mummy and daddy would be the ones choosing the books to borrow. She will usually find a seat at the children's corner and make herself comfy with a book. The last trip to the library was different as she actually asked about borrowing more Mo Willems's book. I taught her how to search by the last name and she was thrilled to find some more of his books that were new to her. I really hoped that was a good start for her to get interested in looking for books herself.
The series of 'An Elephant & Piggie Book' we borrowed from the Library
I commented how nice and generous Piggie is to share the new toy with Gerald and how this action can make a friend so happy. Oh, sometimes I'll do the above with more exaggeration to show the degree of appreciation * hee hee*
Kaylene enjoys reading some of the books herself now, with enactment sometimes.... and Shiranne, when asked what books she wants me to read nowadays, her answers will be ' piggie and gerald'. She is very good at taking an imaginery toy in her hand and admiring it just like Gerald. *awww*.
I think these books really gave me a chance to amuse my girls and made reading more fun!
Have FUN with your little ones!