I love reading my son story books at night. It calms us into the transition of going to sleep for the night. It also gives us that close time to wipe the day away with cuddles and laughter. I have some books that I love more than others, and my son doesn’t always agree.
Knuffle Bunny is one of our recent favorites, because they have word bubbles where we can insert our own vocal creativity. At one point the character could be speaking loud or in a whisper. We like to read them with different tones and accents to keep it lively and fun. Mo Willems is known for word bubble books, which we love. He is the author of “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus”, and the “Elephant & Piggie” series, which we all love. I like to keep a signature accent for each character when I read them. It is fun for me, and hilarious for my son. He also loves to follow my trait of speaking different types of voices, which is neat and cute. He is getting so much better with it as he tries to copy me.
Pete the cat is one of my son’s favorite book series. I have grown to like, “I love my white shoes”, because it has word bubbles and Pete the cat sings. I love to sing, my life truly does revolve around music. There’s much that I can do without music playing in the background. My son and I have set it up where we take turns singing the songs in the book. We each put our own spin on the songs. He likes to sing each line with different tones and pitches. I like to sing it with a deep bluesman voice, because I see that Pete is just one groovy cat that would own that kind of voice.
Another book that we both love is written based on the lyrics to the song, “What a wonderful world”, by Louis Armstrong. My son had fallen in love with the teachings of who Louie Armstrong was in his music class. He was thoroughly impressed by his signature deep bluesy voice and his talent to play trumpet. So, my mother sent us this book, and it has become such a blessing to our lives. This book is simply not one that we can read, it forces us to sing it all the way. Sometimes my son sings it, sometimes we both sing it, but most of the time, my son asks me to just sing it alone. Sometimes, I sing it like Louie Armstrong (I honestly don’t do it bad), and sometimes I just sing it with my normal sweet voice to soothe my son from his day.
Story time is such a beautiful routine that helps calm and relax us all. It is a time to escape the electronics and just be in a time of when it was simple. Books are still a special piece of life and in these moments it is proven again. It creates a time for my son to just be still, learn more in literature and distract him from this chaotic world we live in. It gives us a chance to just be in the moment as we escape reality, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It creates a beautiful time of comfort and tranquility. This is why I continue to keep a routine of story time every night before we go to sleep…along with a cat in shoes, our favorite knuffle bunny and skies of blue.