Believe it or not, but my boys have always been fond of reading. That is, me reading to them. In fact, they love it so much that I decided to make it a nightly ritual.
My love seat fits neatly between my birds' two cages. Timothy's cage is on the right, and the double decker cage that houses Zeek and Gabe is on my left. This gives all the boys a clear view of the book I am reading to them.
I venture out to my local library once a week to wade through the massive shelves of children's books. I pick out books with bright colors and enough text to give the boys about a five minute story time. One book in particular gave the boys a fright. It was a book about ravens and crows. The pictures were big and dark, showing silhouettes of ravens' bodies. It's then that I realized how much they can get out of what I am reading to them. Which means I must make more careful decisions in the future. They love books about parrots, of course.
Timothy is ready and waiting patiently. He is up high and has a good position to see the brightly colored pages.
But Gabe is the most interested. He is proceeding to climb the bars in this picture to get a better view...that, and he hates the camera flash. He was much relieved when I put down the camera, picked up a book, and began the nightly ritual that lulls them all to dreamland.