I mentioned in a recent post how Olive has not been a fan of reading for most of her 2 year life. It was an unexpected challenge for us because Charlie has always loved books so much. I’m certain that part of her speech delay is related to the fact that she wasn’t read to a fraction as much as we read to Charlie. But she was only interested in lifting flaps, turning pages, and throwing books for the longest time, never really listening to the story or sitting through an entire book no matter what we did.
A couple months before she turned 2 , we finally did something that worked — we started reading at the dinner table every night. Since the kids were already seated for dinner, it was the perfect time to read books. And because Charlie was there as well, Olive was much more likely to pay attention and be engaged. I think the specific books we chose were also important in capturing Olive’s interest (I’ll share why she loves specific books below).
Reading books at dinnertime has truly been a breakthrough. Now this former book hater asks us to read to her every single day, and we even use books as bribes!