This is how to get your child to fall in love with reading at a very early age.
Early exposure to books helps kids develop better learning abilities, boost their understanding of languages and make them interested in learning to read and write.
Age Appropriate Guide to Reading To Your Baby (From Birth)
Birth to 6 months
At this early stage, your baby’s vision is still under development so choose books with little or no text but more of pictures and colourful objects. For babies reading is more about the tone of your voice and cuddling up to you.
7 to 12 months
Babies can hear and recognize familiar words now. Words like “mommy,” “daddy,” “milk,” or “ball”. Books with single objects and text will help the baby’s vocabulary. When reading, point at the pictures and name the objects. Your baby may babble back or even say the word back to you.
13 to 18 months
At this stage, you will need a lot of acting and demonstration. The sillier we get as parents, the better. For instance, if you’re reading about animals, make animal noises. Your baby will think it’s really funny, and will someday “moo” at you.
19 to 24 months
Starting at about 18 months, your child may ask for the same book every time and may even cry if your reading performance changes by a single “meow” or “vroom.” This repetition helps children make sense of new words and also remember them.
Goodnight Moon by Dr. Seuss
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney’s
Moo, Baa, LA LA LA by Sandra Boynton
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Maisy’s Colors by Lucy Cousins
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
I’m a Little Caterpillar by Tim Weare
On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
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