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How to Choose Quality Books For Babies and Toddlers

Choosing quality children’s books can be a daunting task. There are so many books out there. Where do you start? You don’t want to waste your time reading average or worse yet, lousy books to your child. Giving a child a book is a great gift, and you don’t want to waste your time or money finding high quality books.

After reading this article, you’ll have some simple suggestions for finding quality books for the special children in your life and you’ll have some easy suggestions for getting the most out of your time with your baby.

You already know that reading with your little one is important! Do you know how important?! Reading together builds a foundation for reading skills and academic success that can’t be done any other way.

Here are the top 5 benefits of reading to your children.

Reading together will help your little one…

o Learn to read

o Increase his vocabulary

o Improve her Reading Comprehension

o Improve her reading ability

o Strengthen his relationship with you (It’s fun to read together)!

So, what kinds of children’s books will appeal to your baby or toddler? First, you should understand a little about their development.

If you have a baby or toddler, I don’t need to tell you that they are always busy! They love to be active and push and pull things. Toddlers’ language abilities are also developing, and they gather their knowledge through sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Everything eventually goes in the mouth!

Toddlers also understand a lot more than they can tell you! They enjoy repetition and have a short attention span!

As You Are Choosing Books For Babies Look for These 7 Things

o Brightly colored simple objects

o Simple texts and good rhythms

o Wordless books to encourage story-creation

o Textures to touch

o Flaps to lift

o Noise makers (bells, crinkly fabric, etc.)

o Indestructible cloth and board books

While reading with your baby, you are helping them develop an awareness of the basic skills for reading. The 5 simple suggestions below will help to reinforce this and will help make your reading experience more fun!

o Point to the words with your finger. This helps them learn what words look like.

o Move your finger left to right under the words. This helps them learn that we read left to right.

o Let them turn the pages. This will reinforce the left to right concept.

o Read alphabet books together. Emphasize the sounds the letters make.

o Read books with rhymes. This helps develop the awareness that sounds make up words.

Source by Shelley Nash

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