Have you ever wondered why kids like to read the same books over and over (and over times infinity)? You could have a library of 150 books and chances are your little one will pick the same few books each and every time. You can’t even skip a sentence, because they know it inside out, front to back, side to side.
One reason children like to re-read the same book is because they love knowing what’s going to happen next. Sound strange? If you think about it from their perspective, it’s not strange at all. Young children don’t have PERSPECTIVE or CONTROL over what happens next, things we probably take for granted. Children love feeling like they are in control. They thrive on being about to anticipate what’s going to happen next. By reading the same story repeatedly, they delight in knowing exactly what happens on each and every page.
So how can you broaden their library, while still giving them that sense of security and predictability that they love so much? A fantastic way to incorporate new books is to introduce different titles by the same author.
For example, if your child loves Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, you should add the following books by Mo Willems to your library and chances are your child will love them as well:
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (this will get you off the pigeon theme, but still feel familiar to your child)
You’ll get fresh new stories, but the characters will be the same, there will be continuity with the illustrations, and the tone/cadence will be familiar.
By Michelle Murphy- Wife, Mom, Writer and Lover of Pookie http://instagram.com/murphymichelle