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Old 07-10-2013, 04:53 PM   #21
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Re: Please just tell me he will grow into liking books

I think a lot of toddlers aren't really interested in "reading" books yet. When they are little, mine are more likely to play with books. We open them up, point at pictures, talk about what we see. Make games out of finding things. Use touch and feel books and things like that. Some books have songs/games built in, like Head to Toe (Eric Carle). But even if those things don't really pique your little ones interest, I wouldn't be at all concerned at 18 months old. My second daughter talked late and didn't really like to be read to. I worried. For a few years when she was old enough to learn to read, she insisted on "pretending" to read instead, and just sit and quietly look at pictures by herself. Once she started reading we found she has a very specific type of book she likes. Non-fiction. She only wants books about real things, mostly animals/bugs. But she's branching out a bit.

The main thing is, I wouldn't be at all concerned with and 18 month old that doesn't want to sit and read books just yet.

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Old 07-10-2013, 05:34 PM   #22
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To me it sounds like he can sense you are feeling pressure or anxiety about him enjoying reading, and it's making him resist. I'd try taking a break from any reading for a bit and just spent time playing together, then reintroduce it later on.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #23
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Re: Please just tell me he will grow into liking books

He's only 18 months... at that age it's hard for them to sit still. My almost 2 yo just liked chewing books for awhile and still likes ripping them, though he'll look at them and "pretend" to read, since he tries to copy everything his older siblings do. But my 3 and 4 yo's wish we would read to them all day long!
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #24
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Re: Please just tell me he will grow into liking books

DS is 29 months and FINALLY lets me actually read to him. It was kinda a shocker to me, as DD loved to be read to.
Just keep trying (but don't push too hard) it will happen
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:10 AM   #25
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Re: Please just tell me he will grow into liking books

My son wouldn't let me read to him until he was at LEAST 2 years old. Before that he just tried to eat the books or tear them up. Or he'd run away. He then LOVED books for a while. Then while I was teaching him to read he went into a rebellious, not liking books stage again. But then all last year he read everything he could get his hands on. And now it's the summer before 3rd grade and he says reading isn't "cool".
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My 2 year old girl likes to look but not much into really reading like with me. even just holding & or looking at pics our librarian says is good.... eating too the soft cloth books.... my oldest 8 yrs old now was older too when I was able to read to her.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:02 AM   #27
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Re: Please just tell me he will grow into liking books

I wouldn't be worried. My 2nd is a very active little thing and she never liked to sit still and read. Big difference from my first who would sit and concentrate on long story books from 4 months old. I could only get my second to, as you describe, point to pictures and name things. And not for very long before she would start wriggling and get up and run away. We just worked through books like that. Actually she did like books that were a song, eg nursery rhymes or something there is a tune to. Both talked very early (actually second one talked earlier!) and my older one who loved books still does and taught herself to read at 4. However my second one now loves books too, she started listening to stories more around 2.5 (although we have to read the same book every single night... until I get her onto a new one, then it's that one for the next month... aaaaaaggghhh). HOWEVER... like I said she loves books now and she is almost 3.5 and I recently taught her to sight read, now she loves reading and is reading a few books on her own with sight words. She also knows phonics so is doing well at sounding words out. So... moral of the story, don't give up!! When she wasn't able to concentrate on a book, I would just read to the older one and let the younger one play around in the room, it all goes in by absorption!
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