No Love of Books

Posted: February 24, 2016 in blog, kids, parenting, toddlers, Uncategorized
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Little L is not a book lover. She has oodles and oodles of books but no want to read or even look at them. I took the girls to the Library on Saturday to return the mound of books we got the last time we went. Being Saturday there were a lot of kids there, mostly older. There was no one in the kids area so I couldn’t get L’s interest in any of the toys while Oldest went to look for books. I asked if she wanted to look for some books to take home. She said no and made her way over into the kids computer area and sat down at one of them. I asked if she wanted to use one and she said yes. I got the library card out and punched in my numbers and my password. It said we had 30 minutes of use time. By that time though, Little L had lost interest and had gotten up. I closed it out and walked after her, hoping that she wouldn’t cause too much chaos. Oldest came back with several books in her hand and said she wanted to look some more. By this time, L wondered into the kids play area and there was another little girl playing with blocks. I told L maybe she would like to play with her. The mom heard me and said that her daughter would love too. But the little girl didn’t want anything to do with L. She started crying when her mom gave L some of the blocks that she was using. I told L to come get the blocks out of the other bucket to use and she did, but the girl was not having it. Finally the mom asked the little girl what she wanted to do. She told her look for books and get movies. I asked how old she was and she told me 2, she would be 3 in April. Wow, just 2 months older then L and she was speaking in more complete sentences. They left and L got bored and decided to walk through the book section. I tried to get her to look at books, but she thinks everywhere is a playground. I don’t know how to break her of it. She was climbing on the tables and had to test out every seat in the room. We walked around and made our way back to the kid play area. There were tons of kids there by this time. I guess they had all gotten there books and was ready to play. L went over and was playing with a couple of kids. I told Oldest to keep an eye on her and not let her leave the area, while I searched for some books for her to take home.

I ended up with just 5, the racks were bare for some strange reason and not a good selection was left to get. I went on and checked them out and was coming back when I seen L was following another girl, which was older, out of the play area. I told her she can’t do that and she had to stay. She turned to go back in, but then decided that she was going to do what she wants and walked out and headed across the main part of the Library. I went after her and when she stopped I scooped her up and headed out the door. She got upset when we hit the pavement and was wanting to go back in. I told Oldest. who was following, to get the car opened cause L was slipping out of my arms. I got her buckled up and told her that she didn’t listen so we can’t stay if she can’t do what I ask. She calmed down and we headed on home.

Oldest always liked books. When she was L’s age, she would want someone to read to her everyday. Sometimes the same book over and over, sometimes several different books. I worry that the way L is, it is going to be hard when she does start school.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Comments
  1. Heather Keet says:

    Maybe she’ll learn to appreciate books, she may never love them. I had a friend who refused to read books while I was an avid reader. Every day after school she would come over to my house and I would read to her because the very thought of having to read the whole book was overwhelming to her. That is the only way that friend of mine got through any book report. I have worked with children L’s age for 13 years and some children just take longer to develop a desire for books. Just keep encouraging her and maybe one day she’ll like them enough to at least sit down and read things that interest her.

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  2. My oldest loves books and my youngest wanted nothing to do with them (3yo and 19mo girls) one day I had my 3 yo read her books to her sister (the ones you can touch or flip books) and she loved it. She now reads with us every single night and throughout the day. Maybe if her older sibling tries to read to her/with her she might. She might do it just to copy but could learn to like it. I’m pretty sure that’s what happened with ours. Hope it works out.

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  3. OneBusyMama says:

    Each child is different. My CamMan was like oldest and BeanBoy is more like L. He only really started developing book interest in the last year or so. Give her time! In sure she will get there!

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