I felt like I lost out on some important things in my life because I wasn't an avid reader. So, I wanted to raise my bb to love reading. Way before he was even born, I made sure we had a good size collection of classic children's books. It didn't matter if they were in Korean or in English, had lots of words or just pictures, fiction or nonfiction, used or new, black and white or colored; I just had to have them all. Basically, I became a children's book hoarder. As soon as bb and I were released from the hospital, I began reading to him. No, he probably didn't understand what it was that mommy was shoving into his face every single morning, afternoon, and evening. But, he didn't ever turn away from the books. Weeks went by, and I noticed he was staring at my mouth to see where the reading was coming from. Maybe it was my imagination, but around 2 months of age, it seemed like he was reading along! His eyes were following the page where I was reading from. By 10 months, bb could sit and turn the pages entertaining himself for close to half an hour giggling at the pictures!
Now at almost one year old, John and I can make his tears stop, lure him to crawl and cruise, and even sit on unfamiliar laps (family members and friends) just by showing him the cover of his favorite books. It's just amazing what books can do for people, even the littlest of us. Below is a link to an article on raising a reader. Hope you enjoy the article and build a love of reading in your own children!