This is a sight you see quite often in my house. The last few weeks Blake has become more and more fascinated with books. When he was really little he always had a book in hand or close by. He and I would sit for 30+ minutes reading book after book. Now we do it for near an hour. He also reads to himself a lot. Often, when I notice that he is really quiet I will find him sitting somewhere with a stack of books reading to himself. He can read on a first grade reading level already. Once challenge we have with him is he has become accustomed to knowing the words and just inserts a word he knows instead of sounding out the word (which he can do).
Every night we read one chapter to him in his chapter book and then he reads a level one reader to us. We go through a new book every day and then the next week we repeat them or another older book. He is getting really good at the books he has read once and can read with few errors on the third go round.
As a teacher, and mother who is an avid reader, it makes me happy to see him love books and reading so much. I really enjoy reading with both my sons. Colby is now getting more one-on-one reading time too so he is beginning to memorize his favorite stories too. I know he too will be an early reader.
I hope you take time each day to read to your children. There is a ton of research that proves that reading to your child everyday is so important for the social, emotional and educational development of your child. (o: