Books have always been a central part of our language quest, since the girls’ birth. As they grow their thirst for books are thriving (Good for me). I “just” need to get the right books for their age and interest. English books are rather pricey and hard to get second-hand English books in Hungary at a reasonable price, though. (Bad for me). In this post I’d like to write about when and how we spend time with books.
The book titled Maximize your child bilingual ability by Adam Beck has confirmed my belief in reading books as No. 1 importance in acquiring a minority language (in our case English).
My husband has a love for books just like me. Some people might feel as if they were in a library on stepping into our living-room: bookcases with many many rows of shelves filled with books all along the wall.
We’ve been reading a lot of books at bedtime, or after lunch as the beginning of quiet time. Or any time E. asked for it and we had time for it.)
Last year I found a great source of cheap (well, affordable to be more precise) second-hand books on facebook. (It’s a closed group called Kadosarok. The language of discussion is Hungarian, mind you.)
I missed a system of taking books into our hands so I’ve built up the following routine:
Whenever we sit down to eat with the kids (about 4-5 times a day counting snack times too) we read at least one baby book for little L. and one big girl book for E. Sometimes we just read 2 books but at other times when we have more time and the kids are in the mood 4-6 books. Every week I add 2 new books to the after-eating book sessions and the girls choose whichever they want me to read them out.
In the first month (May 2017) the following books have been read several times:
(Colour codes: E.’s favourite and L.’s favourite and the books they both LOVE)
- One mole digging a hole by Julia Donaldson
- The not so perfect baby by Nicola Baxter
- Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury
- Is this your nose?
- Little Bo-Peep (a peep-through nursery rhyme – Ladybird)
- Today is Monday by Eric Carl
- Sometimes I feel sunny by Gillian Shields and Georgie Birkett
- Toddler touch Bedtime (Ladybird)
I’ve been a little lazier in June (L. always wants to read her 2-3 favourite books, E. wants to read longer stories that we’ve had no time for at the table, plus we were on holiday and at a chess camp so time was scarce).
I’ve added only 3 new books to the pile:
- Spot Goes to the Circus by Eric Hill
- Round and Round the Garden (Amazing baby touch-and-feel board book
- Incy Wincy Spider (Igloo books)
None of these books has become a favourite. Little L. likes pushing the button on the Incy Wincy book, though. As the song starts she begins to dance.
I’ll try to come back monthly or bimonthly on our book updates.