Reading to your children

I was a giant bookworm when I was a kid. I loved reading, and I would read everywhere – at home, in the car, and even during recess and lunch while I was at school! Sometimes, my classmates would make fun of me, but I wouldn’t even hear them taunting me because I was so absorbed by my books! My love for reading motivated me to pursue a career in education. I’ve been an English teacher for the last nine years, and my goal has been to instill a love of reading in all of my students! As a mother, I plan on doing the same with my children.

My daughter’s nursery has a little library which has been growing over the past fourteen months. We have been reading together since she was a newborn. As she grew older, she started to grab onto the books and “taste” them. Babies love to explore their surroundings by placing objects in their mouth, and for my daughter books are no exception! Nowadays, she is more of an active participant while we are reading. She helps me turn the pages, points at pictures, and loves to help me lift up the flaps on the page. She rarely sits still now that she is a toddler, but when I grab a book she immediately sits in my lap and will stay there until we finish the book.

Reading is beneficial to your child in so many ways! Here are some fun facts about reading to your child(ren):

  1. Babies can hear their mother’s voice and absorb language while they are still in the womb! During the last trimester, your baby can already begin to learn language.
  2. When your baby is a few months old, they can look at the pictures in a book, listen to you as you read the words on the page, and begin to point at things they see. Some babies may even help you turn the page as you are reading!
  3. At the beginning, babies will learn by chewing on their books. My daughter is 14 months old and she still loves chewing on the corners of her books. Eventually, they will learn how to hold the book and realize it’s not a snack.
  4. Reading to your child helps them develop social skills. They learn to pick up different tones and expressions from the characters in the book.
  5. As your baby grows into a toddler, reading will help them learn how to speak. Reading to your toddler will increase their vocabulary and develop their language and listening skills. They will also learn more about the world around them!

Isabella’s Favorite Books (from birth to 14 months). Click on the titles for a link to purchase book!

Little Cat: Finger Puppet Book

Izzy absolutely loves books with the finger puppets. It is very engaging and keeps her interested as we turn the pages.

Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

These touch and feel books are also a hit with babies! Isabella loves feeling the different textures on each page. She’s also a big animal lover, which makes this book and the images are very exciting!

First 100 Words

I love this book because I think it’s a great vocabulary builder! It has 100 images and words! Great way for my daughter to develop her language skills.

Sesame Street: Count with Elmo

At 14 months, this is Isabella’s favorite book! She loves lifting the flaps and seeing the pictures that are hiding underneath them!

Did you read to your baby in the womb? Do you prefer to read a book before bedtime? What are your baby’s favorite books? Comment down below!

Sources:

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-your-child

https://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/education/blog/benefits-of-reading-to-children/

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