Books for Babies
12/21/2013 14:48 ● Published by Rick McGarry
Neither my parents nor my husband’s parents read to their children. Reading was considered an academic skill taught in school. Our parents provided books for us to read when our interest and skills in reading were obvious.
My husband and I love reading and wanted to share our passion for reading with our three sons as early as possible.. We began cuddling my oldest son while reading and playing with board books when he was only six to eight months old. An early priority for our son was to be held by one of us. He treated his favorite bright and colorful board books as toys, opening and closing each book.
Read one or more of your baby’s favorite books while cuddling at bedtime. Cuddling encourages bonding; convey the love you feel for your child and the child’s uniqueness. When your child is drowsy, two great books to read are Nancy Tillman’s books: On the Night You were Born, and Wherever You are, my Love will Find You. The illustrations are spectacular and so is the lovely rhyming text!
Introduce a love of reading to your baby early, select books carefully, and instill a love of reading.
Susan Coursey is a children’s book author and editor of the website DigitalSmartpen.com, a resource with articles providing guidelines and examples for creation of interactive talking storybook elements. Her book is called How do you make a Dragon Laugh?:Lia’s Magic Dragon.
Susan has an article on page 10 of the January 2014 Issue.