Mother, Child And A Pile Of Books


This is a story about a bookworm, her son and a pile of children’s books…

I have been reading to my boy since he was a little baby. Some say this is useless since a baby doesn’t understand you anyway. You’d better wait until at least your child’s first birthday, they advise. I don’t agree. Babies may not understand the whole thing, but they can feel – your voice, your mood, the warmth, everything. Besides, if you love books, why not share it with your kids? It’s not about making them learn, although this is the inevitable result. It’s about the joy of being together.

I couldn’t be sure whether my baby boy enjoyed the colourful books I was reading to him or he was simply comfortable being hugged, but he could stay like this for a very long time. Now, I have an infant who is still interested in books, and this time, I wonder whether he really wants to listen to a tale or rather manipulates me (“I’ll make mum put aside all her work and be engaged with me only, again”). Because he knows perfectly well that I can’t say “no” to that. 🙂

Let it be so. I’m ready to read whenever he asks me unless it’s an obvious act of manipulation. I’ve done it even in early mornings before we go to the nursery. So how could he possibly feel about books? Well, a child’s mind is not an easy field to explore. However, let me give it a try:

  • “I’m nestled in mummy’s arms while listening to her soothing voice. I feel so warm and happy.”
  • “So many animals in the magical forest! Hey! Did you spot the squirrel hiding over there? Or I’ve just imagined it?”
  • “Santa is talking to the elves. Oh, and I can see him fly over the roofs! Sshh, it’s a secret, only mummy and I have seen this.”
  • “Thomas and Spencer are racing. Go, Thomas! Mum also likes this book, it can’t be otherwise. Engines are so much fun!”


All right, it’s a rough interpretation of his reactions. In any case, I can see him either curious or excited and it’s such a reward for me as both mother and ardent reader. Aren’t book lovers always eager to show the rest of the world that books are treasures? Not to mention the relief to know that technologies haven’t beaten yet. And they never will, if you ask me.

Nevertheless, I must admit the truth. These days we parents should try extra hard to keep our children’s interest alive. I’ve been fond of books since I can remember, but it was all different when I was a kid. How to convince my four-year-old that a paper book about Thomas and Friends is better than a YouTube video? It doesn’t make any sounds, and its images stay static all the time. The only way I know is by making it a mutually pleasant experience. I read to him because I enjoy it as much as he does. He, on the other hand, keeps listening because he feels I’m also enthusiastic about the story. Playing or reading, children are so glad to have all your attention. But let’s not overdo it. I never force my son and I stop the moment I see him getting distracted. He can now go to his Lego train; we’ll read some more tomorrow.

One last thing, books are to be treated gently and children should be taught about that. It’s so painful to come across a damaged book, isn’t it? OK, let’s not make it a long blog post. And don’t forget the bedtime story tonight.

Happy reading! 🙂


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21 thoughts on “Mother, Child And A Pile Of Books

  1. Double the Monkey Business says:

    I couldn’t agree more, I read to the boys from a few weeks old, I always thought it was comforting. I am sure that is why the boys now love me reading to them. It is an important part of bonding and making them feel safe. That said I am biased, I am a huge book worm and also love writing, so keen to make sure that rubs off on the boys 🙂 xxx

  2. heylittlesweetthing says:

    I’ve read to Izzy everyday since she was born and it was the best thing I ever did. We spend so much time bonding whilst we read and the kid loves nothing more than settling down with a book or 10 and getting lost in the stories.

  3. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) says:

    Books are so important but they get forgotten so often these days in favour of modern technology, I still love reading with my children, same as you I enjoy reading too and I think this joy rubs off on my children. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

  4. Sarah MumofThree World says:

    I love this post! It’s great that you’ve been reading to him for so many years. As babies, it’s just lovely for them to hear your voice and to be able to sit calmly and quietly. There are lots of other distractions for kids, particularly as they get older, but by reading to them from a young age you can hopefully instil in them a love of books that lasts a lifetime!
    Popping over from Read With Me.

    • marinailieva says:

      I really hope it will last a lifetime. It’s up to him to decide, of course, but I’ll know I have done my best to show him the value of books. 🙂

  5. Catherine @ Story Snug says:

    I read to my daughter while I was pregnant and straight after she was born. I was very guilty of dropping everything to read to her before she started school and I’m very glad that I did as now there is so much less time to do that. However, I have been rewarded wth a very avid little bookworm and we still read whenever we can, the difference now is that she loves reading to me too 🙂


  6. Kate says:

    Reading to little ones is so important, I agree 🙂 Mine adore books and now I blog about our reading challenge. I found taking them to the library for storytime was a great way to get them to engage or using puppets or story baskets to bring the tales to life. You are right, books do need to be respected but at the same time children need their own books to explore. So they can hold them, feel them and learn to turn the pages. Board books are great for this. I used to be really precious about their books but now I quite like seeing the ones with crinkled pages as it shows these are the ones they read over and over again!

    • marinailieva says:

      I agree, kids need to feel the books in their hands. We also have some books that my son is allowed to ‘read’ by himself but still, the view of a ruined book troubles me. 😀 Thank you for reading. 🙂 xx

  7. suz says:

    Oh, reading to babies is sooooo important.
    “I’m nestled in mummy’s arms while listening to her soothing voice. I feel so warm and happy.”
    Says it all 🙂
    Great post.

  8. ShoeboxofM says:

    I don’t read books to my baby daughter yet ( because she eats them) but I do recite them at bedtime. At the moment it’s either Blueberry Girl by Neil Gainman or Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.


  9. Acorn Books says:

    I’ve read with my sons every day since they were babies, you’re so right that even before they can understand they will be taking something positive from the activity. It also means you never have to “introduce” them to books, they’re already a part of their lives!

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