We started to read to our son about three on small books like Dr. Seuss and Jamie Lee Curtis's Children's books. As he grew older we started reading J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and now on to the Harry Potter series. We do the "Who, what, where, why, and how" questions when we sit down and read. It helps him to be very active in his bed time stories.
I am curious to see what other parents do as well.
When my oldest child turned 6months old (17 now) I started reading to her and the same with the 3 that followed. I started with books that was just pictures and I made up stories to go along with the pictures and so on with their age. Growing up they would start reading to each other, they would play school and they would have reading sessions. Now they are Tweens and Teens and they just read on their own. My Tween girls will read to me, most of the time when I need to relax or when I am not feeling well.
I have read a lot of psychology articles that suggest that if the father's read to their son's and daughters as well that it will make them want to read more. What are your takes on that? My husband and I both have been reading to our son and he is ahead of his class in reading. So I think it could be true.
We read all the time, and started the day I brought her home from the hospital. Honestly, besides reading and singing I didn't know what else to do with an infant, KWIM? Now my DD is 2 and I just melt whenever she "reads" to herself.
My LO (4.5) came to me at age 3. I think we've missed our bedtime story ~3x in the past year and a half... she has already amassed quite a book collection (2 full bookcases), and we visit the library weekly and she picks three. She's developed Olivia syndrome (aka "let's just read 8 books tonight'). Currently she's mastering her letters and sounds and likes to stop me to inform me of things such as "That is NOT a C" (the word was sea). She also likes to read to me, and she makes up some wild stories from her picture books. My favorite is anything Dr. Seuss, but she's going through a "If you give..." (Laura Numeroff) phase and we read one of those every night.