It has been shown time and again that children who are read to at home are more likely to do well in school and in life. With this in mind, we reached out to our Ambassador community and asked what storytime is like in their families. Read on for a Q & A about storytime with Barefoot Books Ambassdor Ellisha Caplan, and check back in next week for part two with Barefoot Books Ambassador Colleen O’Hearn.

Q: Why is storytime important in your family?
A: Storytime is one of the few times during the day when we are physically close to one another—my three-year-old son is very active, and not so big on the hugs and kisses I would shell out all day long if he let me! So cuddling close and reading a book together is a wonderful treat for both of us, and something I could never do without! Reading is also one of the ways we deal with behavioral issues in our family—I remember reading Emily’s Tiger to Sam when he was going through a particularly difficult phase and throwing tantrums—it was a great jumping off point for us to talk about ways to calm down that inner tiger.

Q: When did you start reading to your son?
A: Sam was probably a few days old the first time we read to him.  My husband and I would take turns reading a book to him at bedtime every night after he was bathed and ready to go down for the night. As he got older, we would all squish ourselves into an oversized armchair and read stories together at bedtime, and soon enough Sam was bringing us books to read to him!

Q: What’s your favorite part of storytime?
A: When something catches Sam’s silly bone! We are reading Charlotte’s Web right now (a little mature for a three-year-old, but he’s really into it and it was one of my favorites as a child) and when the geese repeat themselves, Sam laughs every time!

Q: What is Sam’s favorite part of storytime?
A: The books!

Q: How do you choose books for storytime?
A: Sam really likes to choose the books we read. He goes for books with lots of color, lots of detail and he loves books that include songs—Port Side! Pirates and Driving my Tractor are right up his alley. He wants to know every part of the pirate ship and the name of every kind of farm vehicle!

Q: What do you think he learns from storytime?
A: The most important thing Sam is learning from storytime is that reading is fun!

What are some of your family’s storytime rituals? Share a comment below and you might see it in a future blog post!

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