I am only going to pay attention at storytime if it is a good book with an interesting narrative
Every time I put Zachary down to sleep – whether it is for the night or for a nap – the routine is to read him 15 minutes of stories. 15 minutes may not sound like a ton of time but it is when you factor in Zachary’s attention span and the length of these books. I can usually get through 8-10 books in that 15 minute time frame. The problem lately has been having enough books that Zachary likes. When he likes a book, even though he does not understand what I am saying, he pays close attention and will lunge at the pages. He becomes hyperfocused on the book. When he is not interested in a book he will not pay an ounce of attention and just crawl off to play with his toys. This was not a big problem until recently when he suddenly became very finicky about his books. Suddenly, old favorites like “Good Night Moon” and “Are You My Mother?” bore the crap out of him. He has now become a big fan of author Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Very Busy Spider”. He has show renewed interest in an oldie he had gotten bored of, “Mr. Brown Can Moo”. The problem is we don’t have enough books that Zachary likes at this point so I end up reading the same books twice in a 15 minute time frame which Zachary does not mind so much but I guess I would prefer more variety. I have tried introducing new books and – at least the ones I have tried – have not kept Zachary’s attention. It is amazing how interested and disinterested he can be with different books.