The Birth of a Book Habit
- Books are great gifts for people of all ages. Special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays or recognition of a special achievement can be the perfect opportunity to give a child a new book.
- At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and even try to point to objects on a page of a book. Point to the bold, colorful pictures and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating the words with both pictures and the real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language. “Look, there is a bird. That bird is so colorful: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. A bird says “Squawk, Squawk.”
- Read your baby’s favorite book! 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, but pay attention to the book.