Monday, March 29, 2010

kiddos & book storessss...

One of my kiddos favourite places in the whole wide world (in HQ's words) is the book stores. Everytime we are in a mall, my kiddos will ask to go to book stores. My kiddos love book stores so much I almost treat the book stores like my baby-sitters :-D.

Modus operandi:
- enter targeted book store
- raid for books
- look for places to sit
- sit and flip books while whispering to own selves or to each other

They are not choosers when come to seat arrangements... if they're lucky, they get decent seatsSometimes on carpetsSometimes on stacked booksSometimes on boxes
Even on up-turned baskets *smile*While Mama stand/ sit at nearby vicinity drooling over craft and cooking books... ahh... bliss. I will not leave my spot until I hear one or both of them shouting for me :-). Papa will be busy looking for his books or stocking up on MORE stationaries *shake head*

Sometimes the kids do indulge in other activities too...
- like peeking at another's book (ok if it's the book held by the other sibling, still ok if it's not)
- taking off shoes (ok if no shoe goes missing)
- snatching of books (definitely not ok if it's not among siblings)
- or terrorizing other book store readers (!!?!?!)

Talking about terrorizing other book store readers, the other day we were at MPH members/ reading corner. I was sitting on a single couch at a corner and the kids as usual lodge their butts on the main two-seater. They usually sit down nicely and flip their books, like this.
But that morning, I don't know what came over them... they were quite hyper (doughnuts in the morning?). They took off their shoes and climbed on the sofas, prancing to and fro the two-seater and the single seaters adjacent to it. Pretending to be pirates (their choice of books happened to be pirates this time).

And me the mama? Let them climb around like monkeys; I reasoned they were not disturbing other readers anyway. I was enjoying my books very much and hoped the kiddos will not get loud enough to warrant the librarian's attention.

A short while later, a nice young man came in (he's in his early twenties) and sat on one of the vacant seats, right in the middle of the route where HQ was climbing on in his pretense to be a pirate. I didn't give it much thought until... I saw HQ clambering ON TOP of the young man to get to the other side; definitely oblivious to his presence!


The young man looked up, and looked kind of confused. The good thing was he looked like he was about to laugh.

Oh dear, oh dear.

I quickly went over and apologised, gathered my kids, retrieved their shoes and made an exit. Where to hide my face? *malu*

The kiddos? They grinned and waved bye-bye to the nice young man *slap forehead*

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smallkucing said...

Good reading habits....haiz...some more government say ppl dont read nowadays

Horlic said...

Both of them look like fall in love with the book.

ChloeRuoyi said...

My two big and small bookworms (hub n Chloe) can't say no to bookshops too :-)

Hahaha! The young man was such a nice chap for not being annoyed.

juju said...

Would you mind sharing how you cultivate their reading habits ? Both of them looked so serious when reading :)

juju said...

Would you mind sharing how did you cultivate their reading habits and at what age did u start ?

Mommy Ling said...

good that they both have this reading habits.

BoeyJoey said...

juju: Both my kids love books from young, even before they actually started to read. When they're babies (as young as 4-5 months old), we have simple picture books which we will flip with them and point out the names of the objects.

After awhile they will be able to point at the objects when asked which is which. Then they will mimic us making animal sounds like the ones in the books. Later they will start naming the objects in books as well as in real life (like ball, car, plane, flower, alphabets, etc.)

Now that my son, HQ, is 4.5, he's able to read simple books. QQ at 2.5 gets distracted very easily, and prefers to tell her own versions of stories from the pictures in the books.

I feel that books help my kids to speak early too. They were talking in sentences at 20 months old :-).

If you have kids, do start them early on books :-).

And hey, thanks for visiting my blog :-).

Alice Phua said...

You have indeed started them well with the reading habit! :-) And yes, the young man was very nice and understanding for not getting annoyed at young children climbing over him! :-D

Mummy Gwen said...

One of your fav hang out places is the bookstore huh..hehe. Is good that your angels love reading. ^_^ Gwen won't sit for long alone unless we read together and she gets bored easily too.

lil' bulb said...

Good good, in such young age already have reading habits.

slavemom said...

So good ur kiddos can sit down quietly to flip thru/read the books at such young age. Going to the book store is a fun activity for the whole family.

Alice Law said...

"A good book and great stories give you endless of imagination", your kids have proved it! :)

Ann said...

Oh...that's a rare sight! The bookstore is a better babysitter than the idiot box! :)

coffeesncookies said...

bookstores are my favourite place to kill time but I won't bring Amber there coz she'll b busy arranging and playing with the books like playing dominoes.. lol !

prince n princess mum said...

Lots of books!~

LittleLamb said...

very good to inculcate reading habits :)

Mommy to Chumsy said...

ahhhh...i love to see kids sitting at a corner with a book in their hands. they look so cute.

2ma said...

wow, your kids really love to read! and that is a good thing!! shan leo loves to read too, and i am glad that out of 10 times, 8 times he will choose a book store over toy store *hehe*

MommyAngel said...

Hehehehehe ..... kids will always does that :) Luckily that guy understands :) :)

But both your kids and so does both parents really likes books which is a good thing! I am sure that will help much once they enter secondary schools or even uni in the future!

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Boey Joey, good to get the kids start on books early. Love the pics.
Re my leaving for Tahiti, check out the CEO, Director's name, add a 'K" to his first name, and look at his degree again, *wink*.
Have a nice day, Aloha oe, Lee.

mNhL said...

a big to see kids holding book and reading so seriously. haha . good habit.

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

It is a very good hobby and glad that they never get bored with it.

For me and Sarah, we like to sit on the carpet and read...hehe.


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