Read to Your Baby!

October 13, 2015 | Charlene Lee

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This past October 5th marked the 21st annual World Teacher’s Day. This significant day commemorates teachers and the essential roles they play in empowering youth and creating sustainable, equitable societies. While teachers deserve all the recognition in the world, this is also a good opportunity to celebrate a child’s first teacher: their parents and/or caregivers.

Children are always learning, and right from birth they depend on positive learning experiences for both their cognitive and emotional development. As their first teachers, parents and caregivers are responsible for guiding their little one through this significant stage of development.

Positive learning experiences can come from many different kinds of interactions. From bath time to play time, these regularly shared moments can impact your baby’s cognitive, emotional, as well as motor development. Another shared activity that can significantly impact this time of immense development is reading.

Baby reading
Photo courtesy of acina on a cc license.

Reading to babies sparks their brain development and creativity, and it helps them succeed later when they enter school. When you read (as well as talk and play) with your baby you are fostering early literacy skills as well as an interest in books before they can actually read and write. Not only is reading beneficial to a baby’s development, but it’s a fun and unique bonding opportunity. 

Tips for reading to your baby:

Have fun reading - Select books that YOU enjoy reading, and read when you and your child are both in a good mood.

Don’t be afraid to be silly - Use different voices, add sound effects. Involve the whole family!

Reading time is special - Read in a cozy place. Let your child know that reading together is your favourite time of the day.

Pick your favourites - Re-read your favourite books, repetition strengthens your child’s developing brain.

Read every day - Make books a part of your daily routine.

Check out these great titles!

The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen OxenburyTen Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia This Little Chick by John Lawrence  Read Me a Book by Barbara Reid

TPL has many resources available to you and your little one during this exciting time of their development. Check out our website, or pick up our handy guide at your local branch for great tips and reading recommendations. Find out what programs are being offered at your local branch as well!