Tuesday, September 27, 2011

5 A Day Books: Real Babies

I was just reading a great article about reading books to babies by KidsHealth. They highlight the fact that reading to your infant will do the following:
  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them
The article goes on to say that by the first year your child will have learned all the sounds they need to speak in their native language. WOW! You can read or listen to the article here. This article was so in tune to the 5 A Day challenge started over at The Imagination Tree. I encourage you to go over to her sight and learn more about the challenge and the benefits. For us we chose the theme of books with photographs of real babies. Babies can build text-to-self connections by looking at books of recognizable things, even if they can communicate it.

A side note about the books chosen this week: The majority of them I received in a Hello, Baby! tote bag that my community library hands out to women who are pregnant or recently had a child. Each tote has baby story time hours (which we LOVE), two board books, growth chart, milestone information, and an infant library card application. It is wonderful that libraries also are encouraging reading to infants as well!

This week we are reading:

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