John absolutely LOVES books, whether someone's reading to him or he's looking through one himself. One of his favorite independent playtime activities is to sit or stand in front of the playroom bookshelves and pull out books one by one to "read." When I go to check up on him, he's literally got books piled up all around him.
It's especially fun to watch him "read" the books he knows the best from our storytimes together. For instance, when he pages through Pat the Bunny, he'll actually do everything the book "asks" him to do.....pat the bunny, play peek-a-boo with Paul, smell the flowers, look in the mirror, etc. Then, because he's learned how to smell flowers from Pat the Bunny, he'll smell any flowers he sees in other books, too. It's so cute!
This is a video I took of him this past week during one of these independent "reading" sessions. I can't help but giggle when I watch it! At one point, he's looking at a picture of two rabbits in a book and saying "Gog, gog, gog....." because he thinks the rabbits are dogs. (I didn't realize until a few days later that when he says "gog" he means "dog" -- his first real word!) Since I think he is just babbling, I tell him that the animals are bunnies. Once John hears the word "bunnies," he starts patting the bunnies in the picture just like he does in Pat the Bunny!