The Birth of a Book Habit
- Snuggle up with a book When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story. Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby's confidence and love of reading.
- Don’t forget to choose baby-friendly books. Books with bright and bold or high-contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see, and will grab their attention. Books made of cloth or soft plastic (for the bathtub) or "board books" with sturdy cardboard pages are easy for a baby to handle, touch, manipulate, and explore.
- Keep books where your baby can reach them. Place books in a location, where they will be easy to reach, hold, and look at as toys. Remember, a baby will do with a book what he does with everything else — put it in his mouth. And that's exactly what he's supposed to do, babies are learning and manipulating; so create a fun, safe learning space for babies to read.