I started reading daily to my LO before she was even born but now instead of reading "to" her I read "with" her, iykwim? I only have board books for her now (You can actually find them pretty cheap and if they are used, and in GREAT condition only!! all I do is clean them with disinfecting spray, alcohol then water and they are good to go!). I read at all times of the day too, but I am sure that some only do it at bedtime.
I start out reading the first page and pointing at words/pictures with my finger and trying to read the story but she usually takes over and turns the pages herself to find what she likes and I don't try to stop her or make her go in order or anything. I am trying to get her to like books right now and I don't want anything bad associated with them so I let her do what she wants, until she starts to chew on it, then I gently pull it away from her. I am sure she would try to rip out paper pages if I gave her any books with them. I forgot, I also make sure it is always right-side up and try to "guide" her in the right order, but nothing serious.
Her favorite book is "Caterpillar Colors butterfly Dreams" right now. It is a "touch and feel" book. Those are her favorites! She loves touching the fur and stuff in it.
To answer your question though, if I just gave her a "normal" book or tried to read her a paper book I am sure she would just tear it apart and eat it. I do tell her some stories without books though
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I read to Evy atleast 2x every day. Right now she is still quite tiny and we don't have any "real" books for her yet, but I have a ton of baby books on my ipad that I bought at the itunes store. She loves it and will usually pay attention for the whole book before falling asleep, but then again she is only 2 months. : ) So she hasn't really figured out the grabbing and chewing on things yet.
My daughter still only wants to chew and rip apart books. She might pay attention to me for 2 seconds if I try to point to something in a book, but that's it. How about you?
they love the bonding time when I do read to them. I was told to let babies to touch, feel, taste (Not eat, of course), etc books as you read to them. It helped them develop the lovew for books. I allowed my son explore books like that (yes he ripped plenty of books- yes I try stopping him but if it happened, I won't make a big deal) and today My son who is 11 years old loves reading and will read all day long if he could (except books are too short for him, he'll finish it in one day)
I am not sure whether my LO is appreciating me reading to her or not! I will sit her on my knee and open the book and I start...but she bangs the pages with her hands and then tries to turn the pages herself (I use the thick cardboard paged books) or if its a 'peekaboo' book she lifts the flaps up and claps occasionally. Most of the time though she chews the corner or shouts at it!
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