Monday, May 2, 2016

Books for Babies: By Eleanor

As some of you know, my life has been pretty busy recently. I spent two weeks in Philadelphia helping out with my youngest granddaughter, Eleanor. This past week my husband and I moved into an apartment in Greenville, SC. Not much time for writing or blogging. Usually this blog is about writing tips, author interviews, or book reviews. Indulge me for a minute, for a post that is brought to you by my youngest guest blogger, 10-month-old Eleanor.
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Lisa and Adam both love books and have been reading to Eleanor from her earliest days. 


8 days old and already a Sandra Boynton fan!


They lined her board books on a shelf that is perfect for Eleanor to grab. They usually suggest she picks three, but as we all know, sometimes it's hard to limit ourselves.


Limited in her verbal abilities, Eleanor communicates her enthusiasm in other ways.

After picking her books, there is snuggle and reading time.

Of course, we did other things besides read. 

At the park, I struck up a conversation with a young mother who told me about the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program. In Lansdowne, Pa. where they live, the library rewards children with prizes for every 100 books which are read to them. She was using an App to keep track of her daughter's books. 

As a grandmother, I just shake my head. They certainly didn't have that when my young 'uns were growing up!

If you need more ideas on promoting reading in your family, here's another great blog on How to Create Readers (and Read More Yourself) by Liz Michalski on Writer Unboxed.


18 comments:

Linda Vigen Phillips said...

Clever, cute and informative Grandma!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Linda!

Elena said...

Valuable first hand experience! And a delightful endeavor:)

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Elena! Glad you enjoyed it.

Young Authors Program said...

I loved those videos of Eleanor. She is such a cutie! Glad you had fun with her and that she's already a book lover!

Barbara Younger said...

I've had such a good time reading to my grandson Maze. And just like when my girls were small, I can read when I don't have an ounce of strength left for playing train or Peppa Pig.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Barbara and Dorothy! Isn't it wonderful to pass down our live for books?

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Sweet!

Linda A. said...

Carol,
What a terrific idea to host your granddaughter on your blog. She's a star and at such a young age. I loved hearing about the program to promote reading to young children. Definitely a winner. Technology can be used in such positive ways! Hooray for reading!

Clara Gillow Clark said...

There's something so wonderful about watching a child that warms the heart. As I looked at the videos of your precious Eleanor, I found myself smiling in joy. She's adorable and already a book lover. She'll go far!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Clara, Joyce, and Linda. Glad you enjoyed my little granddaughter's blog!

Rosi said...

Perfectly adorable. Aren't grandkids the best?

sheri levy said...

During infancy is most important time in a child's life to hear words! Your pictures brought back many memories for me. I always told my parenting class to not get frustrated when your child asked you to read the same book for the hundredth time. Children love repetition. Read it again!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Sheri & Rosi. Yes--grandkids are WONDERFUL!!

kathleenburkinshaw said...

So adorable and precious! Brings back memories of when my daughter was that age :) It's amazing what you can use apps for now isn't it?

Carol Baldwin said...

Good memories, Kathleen!

Vijaya said...

Aw, congratulations!!! I'm finding my bloggy buddies again after a sort of hiatus (many blogger accts are making me verify I'm not a robot and I fail often... LOL).

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks for coming back to your blogging friends by coming to visit with Eleanor and me! Always good to hear your voice, Vijaya, here and on Writer Unboxed!