When we hear a friend is having a baby some of us rush out to buy muslin cloths, cute outfits and necessities. I however, rush to buy books! It got me to thinking about the board books on offer from publishers. Which then got me to think about how we begin to read with our babies and toddlers.
Reading behaviours are learned and I always remember the famous quote from Emilie Buchwald, “Children are made readers on the lap of their parents”. We can interchange parents for any grown up with influence over the child now but the statement remains the same. Children are taught how to turn pages, look at pictures and begin to see patterns within the letters.
Those moments spent looking at a book with a baby become treasured memories, and setting aside that time ensures they grow up with a love of books and reading. Babies and toddlers mimic the behaviour around them and by turning the pages, pointing out illustrations and sharing the story, we are teaching them those first reading skills.
I reached out to Usborne as I know their board books are beautiful and full of enchanting details, peek through pages and touch and feel textiles.
I have also chosen some of Little Tiger’s best board books that would make super bedtime stories.
The overwhelming message of board books for me is that they beg to be read and shared, little hands guided to turn pages, lift flaps and follow the stories. So when new babies arrive please buy them books and help parents to spend time reading them each night. Let’s share the wonders of books with our littlest readers!
I am a primary school teacher, turned librarian. Now I have the title Reading Advocate for ASSET Education Trust, based in Suffolk.
I read constantly and have more books than bookshelves, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I celebrate reading every day at work and at home with my two children, aged 11 and 9.
I sit on the National Executive Committee for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and run an OU/UKLA Teachers as Readers group!
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