The twins, at nearly two, are warming to books. I've read to them from birth; there's a picture of me reading Make Way for Ducklings to them when they are about three weeks old. We read a few stories every night before bed, and both Maddie and Riley are starting to pull books off of their bookshelf and bring them over to me for a book fix during playtime. They recognize a few letters, and like to hunt for those while we read. And at this age, they are big fans of the novelty book: flaps, tabs, and tactile inserts are twin-pleasers.
I look forward to the day that I can enjoy longer, more complex stories with the twins, when I can share with them some of my favorite authors. When we are ready to go Beyond the Board Book, a great resource for the latest and greatest in children's literature—as well as a place to find information on old standbys—is the Horn Book's new online newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. Confession: a very good friend of mine is the Managing Editor of the Horn Book Guide, so I'm a wee bit biased when I say that this is a great resource. But! Anyone who knows anything knows that the Horn Book is the Last Word on children's lit, so my opinion, while influenced by personal ties, is hardly in the minority.
So if you have kids or know kids or like kid lit, link on over and subscribe—it the newsletter is free and comes out monthly.