- Reading to your baby is a great pathway for future education. While reading, baby can notice rhythm, tone of voice, inflections and facial expression. Babies exposed to many words are better prepared for reading and literacy skills.
- Young babies may not understand what you are reading, but they will learn to focus on the book, pages, colors, and shapes. Older babies will start to recognize familiar characters, how to hold the book, how to turn the pages and repeat/imitate familiar sentences or words.
- Babies and toddlers learn from repetition. Read your baby’s favorite book (repeatedly)! Talk about the pictures, what you see and point to the words as your read them. Make funny voices for the characters, sing the words, or act out the book (with puppets, stuffed animals, costumes or hand gestures). These are all great ways to have your child interact while reading.