Make story time a special part of your everyday. During these months, your baby will enjoy listening to simple and short books. Remember, babies love to hear a story over and over again.
Reading and Book Ideas:
Choose books on topics that will interest your baby. Does your baby like trucks and cars? Animals? Books about everyday routines?
Let your baby help you turn the pages.
Change your voice for each character in the story.
Try to involve your baby by talking about the story.
It’s okay to switch to a different activity when your baby loses interest. Babies have short attention spans and may enjoy a book for a few minutes (or pages!) at a time.
Make sure to point to the words and not just the pictures. This helps babies to connect that you are reading the words on the page.
If you see that your baby understands a picture, take it a step further! Give the picture more description, for example it’s not just a cat, it’s a cat with grey fur that purrs and has pointy ears and a pink nose.
Ask your child questions about the story such as, “Why is the little girl sad?”, “What is the monkey doing with his hands?” or “What do you think happens next?”
It’s okay to turn the page before you’ve finished reading everything on it.
Find tips on how to build your child’s library here.
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