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for parents and their young children
Books and Pictures Things To Look Forward To
Here are some ideas for children newborn to three.
Heads Up (Newborn-1 month) - Start reading to your baby before she is born. Your newborn will like to hear you talk and sing. Read simple baby books or Mother Goose and sing simple songs and lullabies.
The Looker (1-4 months) - Continue reading and singing. Your baby will look at your face while you talk and sing. She will smile and coo when you change your voice to be different characters in the story.
Creeper-Crawler (4-8 months) - A cloth book in the bed will entertain a baby for several minutes. She likes to chew on the pages, especially the corners.
The Cruiser (8-12 months) - The story content is less important than the fact that you are reading. Sight and hearing is more attuned. She will be interested in colorful pictures and exciting sounds. Mother Goose is great. Your baby will like turning the pages of the board books. She will also like looking at a picture you have cut from a magazine and pasted onto a piece of cardboard. Give her this picture to hold and tell her what it is. “This is a shoe.” Find large bright colored pictures of a single object.
The Walker (12-18 months) - Your child can name the pictures, in fact she can name many things in the environment. Catalogs are great for helping your child increase her vocabulary and they are inexpensive. Your child will begin to understand the story content of a simple story.
The Doer (18-24 months) - Your child is beginning to understand complicated illustrations. Many of the books that she liked for the story content, she will now like for the pictures. Wordless books are great for children at this age. They like to tell their story.
The Tester (24-36 months) - Your child has an increased imagination, vocabulary and sense of selfconfidence. She has memorized many of the books she has heard for the last two or three years. She thinks she can read. Let her “read” the rhyming books of Dr. Seuss, and you read the books with the story line. Your child will enjoy fairy tales, but read a simple one first and let her ask questions.