Being a Mom of Growing Readers

For almost 20 years now, I have been passionate about growing our youngest readers.  However,  in the last three years my passion has spread like wild-fire and has started a chain reaction!  So, what fueled this fire?   It was the birth of my boys!

Being a Mom of Growing Readers

Three years ago I became a mom and my teaching and learning shifted to the absolute youngest learner- a newborn.  A year and half later, I was honored to welcome another little reader into my life.  It has been pure joy and learning ever since.

I vividly remember the first book we read to each of the boys.

first book read to my son

My husband picked Five Monkeys Jumping on a Bed by Christelow for my oldest son.  We read to him the very first day he came home from the hospital.

When my second son was born,  his 17 month-old brother picked his very first book.  It was a little rhyming labeling book with bright pictures.

And, we haven’t stopped reading to them since the day they came home!

dr seuss reading

Our ritual is to read three books before nap and before bed EVERY night.  Granted, sometimes they fall asleep in the car on the way home from an outing and we don’t get our precious reading time.  But, 98% of the time my kids listen to at least six each day!  And, they always get to pick the books.

Would you like to know what their favorite books have been over the years?

Favorite Books for Babies to Age 1

Favorite Books for 1-2 Year-Olds

Favorite Books for 2-3 Year-Olds

Favorite Books for 3-4 Year-Olds

Favorite Books for 4-5 Year-Olds

I feel truly blessed to be a mom and bond with my boys each day over books!

To help celebrate Mother’s Day and my passion for reading.  I’m excited to announce that I’ll be taking part in a wonderful and informative series that begins today-Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year!  For the next 10 days, bloggers will be sharing all the tips and advice you could possibly need for your baby’s first year.  I’ll be sharing a special “Reading with Baby” post Friday right here on Growing Book by Book!

To read more great mom stories today, just click on the links below the picture.

ultimate guide to baby's first year

Celebrating Motherhood | Real Stories from Real Moms ~ Lemon Lime Adventures

Sweet tooth: from mother to children ~ La Cité des Vents

Happy Mother’s Day {Free Printable} ~ Bare Feet on the Dashboard

The Day I Became a Mom ~ The Jenny Evolution

Being a Mom of Growing Readers  ~ Growing Book by Book

How We Ordered a Baby ~ Let the Journey Begin

I Always Said I’m Not A Baby Person ~ Pink Oatmeal

Celebrate Motherhood: They Call Me Momma ~ The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide

Mom to Three: Two Here, One in My Heart ~ Still Playing School

Time After Time ~ True Aim Education

A Hand Made Family ~ Hand Made Kids Art

Four generations ~ Wildflower Ramblings

Ten Things I Learned From Motherhood ~ Conceving Piper

3 Poems Celebrating Motherhood ~ BPhotoArt

#ItWasMom ~ Trust Me, I’m a Mom

5 things to love about multiples ~ Bambini Travel

A Letter To Myself (As a New Mom) ~ Peace but Not Quiet

Celebrating Mothers Day from the Couch ~ ALLterNATIVElearning

Happy Mother’s Day from a First Time Mom ~ The Realistic Mama

I’m Not Super Mom, Just Mom to 3 Super Little Boys ~ Makeovers & Motherhood

Becoming Mama ~ It’s A Long Story

Celebrating Grandmotherhood, the World’s Best Job ~ Living Montessori Now

“If You Feed Them They Grow” and Other Funny Mother’s Day Quotes from Lalymom

The Ultimate Baby Series and Giveaway ~ Natural Beach Living

And, there are some fabulous giveaways including a 3 month hardcover book subscription from one of my favorite companies- Zoobean! If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, you can check out Zoobean for free!  You can also get $5 off a purchase at Zoobean by using the code- UltimateBaby.

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. I love that you remember which book you read first to each of your boys, so adorable. We too have the 3 books before nap/bed rule… my son LOVES reading. Last night he got a fourth book as a reward for doing something… he was so thrilled ;).

    Happy Mothers Day!!

  2. Marg Noecker says:

    So valuable to start reading early in life! Also, with the huge volume of new books being printed these days, it’s so important to be selective with current titles as well as old ones.
    You have an awesome blog, Jodie!

  3. We are a book nut family as well. Good Night Moon and Brown Bear were the first books I read to our kiddos… and we had to get multiple copies over the years as we wore them out 🙂

    Glad to be on this Ultimate Baby Guide with you with week!

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution (and @ Generation iKid)

  4. I loved reading this post! The love you have for your boys has clearly made you an even more passionate teacher. 🙂

  5. What a great story. I love how you Foster a live for reading. I am lucky to have children that site adore reading as well. Thank you for being part of this series, can’t wait to read your post Friday.


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