Choosing Books For Babies
What is a key to building an active future reader?
Hi I am Kathy Moore for about dot com. Reading helps develop language skills and instills a love for books. And even very young children can enjoy books. This program offers some advice on how to choose books that your child will enjoy most.Babies will show their first signs of interest in books at around 4 months of age by chewing or grabbing them. The best books for this stage are vinyl or cloth books. These materials can survive the slobber and are not easily torn or broken. Books that are bold black and white designs, styles that provide great contrasts, or books that offer textures are the best choices for this age.Once your baby can sit up, try sharing board books. Board books are usually smaller than average books and are made of thick, durable cardboard. They are not chew-proof, but they do stand up to drooling better than a regular book. The best baby board books have only one or two words per page, and show pictures of everyday objects, such as balls, dolls or dogs.By 9 or 10 months, encourage your baby to help turn the pages of books, but stay with board books to keep from ripping pages of paper books. Babies of this age are also interested in flap and tab books, though be warned that they may tear or pull the flaps off. Do not be concerned if your child will not sit through an entire story. Read her cues. Even a few minutes spent reading on a regular basis is important.Nursery rhyme books are great first books since they encourage sing-song reading which engages a baby in the reading process. Picture books that offer an opportunity to talk about the illustrations are sometimes easier for babies than a written story, too. Having fun while reading with your young child is a key to building a loving relationship and active future reader. And finding age-appropriate books strengthens the bond your baby will have with books. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at about dot com.