Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tips for Reading to Babies + 25 Book Recommendations

Reading with your baby is one of the most important things you can do together! It enhances your child's language skills by being exposed to a variety of words and new vocabulary, it helps you to bond with your baby, and it builds a foundation of literacy skills that can influence his success as a reader. Today I'm sharing my best tips for reading with your baby along with 25 of my favorite books for the littlest learners. Any (or all) of these books would be a great addition to a home library or gift for someone expecting.




Read Aloud Tips with Babies
  •          Consider buying cloth books or "board" books. Books that you begin reading early in your child's life will undoubtedly become some of his favorites that you will be reading over and over, and they will need to last awhile.  Plus, once he learns how to reach for books and handle them on his own, they will become his favorite snack. 
  •          Select books that have bright, high contrast colors, or interesting photographs (especially of faces) – all of which babies enjoy looking at.
  •          Be sensitive to your baby’s cues. If he starts to cry, that may mean that he's not into story time, even though you are.  If he looks away, it may be a cue that he's being overstimulated. Try to understand his needs and respond appropriately.
  •          Read and repeat! Children enjoy and learn through repetition and it helps boost memory, so don’t be afraid to read the same books over and over again.
  •          Choose books or poetry that have a nice rhythm, or rhyme – which help to bring a baby’s attention to the different sounds in words.
  •          Make reading fun and enjoyable by cuddling, making facial expressions, and varying your intonation. A love of reading is built on pleasurable experiences!

25 Great Books for Reading to Your Baby



  Baby Love (gift set) by Helen Oxenbury

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

 
 Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Butterfly Kisses by Sandra Magsamen

Black on White by Tana Hoban

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow



  Freight Train by Donald Crews

Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli

Jamberry by Bruce Degen



  Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

My Baby & Me by Lynn Reiser



  Peek-A-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti

Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden

Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood


Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

The Everything Book by Denise Fleming



  The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright

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