Reading to Your Baby

Your baby loves to hear the sound of your voice. If you look closely, you will see her respond when she hears the voices of her loved ones. Not only is reading to your baby comforting to her, but it is also helping her build her pre-literacy skills.  The more words she hears, the bigger her vocabulary will be when she is finally ready to speak! Research shows that babies who are read to regularly understand 300 - 500 words before they can ever say their first.

When looking for books to read:
• Look for books with clear and simple pictures.
• Choose a good time to read, when you and your child are relaxed and happy.
• Point to pictures. Talk about them in an excited voice.
• Notice what your baby looks at, and then talk about it.
• It is natural for babies to play with books, even to chew or tear them.
• Stop for a while if your baby loses interest or gets upset. A few enjoyable minutes at a time is better than a longer unhappy time together.
• While you read, make your child feel loved and special.
• Share books with your baby every day. Even a few minutes are important.

The Early Literacy Initiative - A partnership among the Public Library Association, the Association for Library Service to Children and the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development


book cover Brown Bear...What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them. Gentle rhymes and gorgeous illustrations by the incomparable Eric Carle make this a classic picture book your baby will come to know and love. To liven up your telling, try singing the words to the melody of "Twinkle Twinkle" - by the time your baby is talking, she'll be singing along!





book cover Counting Kisses by Karen KatzCounting Kisses by Karen Katz

How many kisses does a tired baby need to change her from crying into sleeping? This is a wonderful book to read to your little one. Use this as a sweet bedtime book to wind down your baby after a long day of playing by snuggling and kissing her goodnight. There is always lots to talk about in Katz's illustrations. Talk about the other figures in the pictures, do you have a kitty? Where is your kitty cat and what does he say? By the time the final kiss is delivered on her "sleepy, dreamy head," the baby is fast asleep. When you're done with this one, grab another book by Karen Katz, we've got lots!



book cover Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratneyGuess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more. A great book for Dad to share with your little one at bedtime! A true classic with a timeless theme.



book cover Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Archibald OpieHere Comes Mother Goose by Iona Archibald Opie

Mother Goose rhymes are a great thing to read to your baby! This collection presents more than sixty traditional nursery rhymes, including "Old Mother Hubbard," "I'm a Little Teapot," and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," accompanied by illustrations of various animals. Nursery Rhymes are nice and short and this collection has wonderful illustrations to capture your little one's attention.




book cover Black on White by Tana HobanWhite on Black by Tana Hoban

Babies do not see color, but do detect contrast. Choosing books with bold contrast like White on Black is sure to capture their attention. Talk about the images to your baby, what does it feel like, look like, where it can be found. Does it make any noises? The more words you say to your baby, the more sounds of our language he will hear and absorb.



book cover Whose Chick are You by Nancy TafuriWhose Chick are You? by Nancy Tafuri

Goose, Duck, Hen, Bird and the little chick, itself, cannot tell to whom a new hatchling belongs, but its mother knows. Tafuri's use of simple, repetitive text makes it a great book to read to your baby! As your baby grows older, this book can also be used to help alleviate fears of abandonment.