Reading Books, Your Baby and You
In an age of cellphones and social media, one really has to wonder whether the simple pleasure of reading books will become a thing of the past.
Well, before you call in the funeral dirge, the American Academy of Pediatrics is strongly recommending that pediatricians actively encourage parents to begin reading books to their children as soon as they’re born, and through their toddler years, to build communications and vocabulary skills during the time when their brains are in the best state to develop those skills. New research even suggests that children who aren’t read to during their first 18 months of life are actually at a disadvantage when they enter school and begin learning how to read.
But where to find reading books for babies?
Actually, it’s as simple as making a call your local library or visiting the children’s section of their Web site to find age appropriate reading lists. Book publisher Scholastic also offers age specific book lists on its Web site, as well as a great reading guide for parents with children under 2-years-old.
And virtually everyone at Snyder Insurance and Financial Services is a parent, too, and we all remember the warm experience of reading books with our kids. Here are a few of our favorites for first couple years of life to help get you started.
By Margaret White BrownFrom the Publisher: “In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.”
|I Spy Little Learning Box
By Jean MarzolloFrom the Publisher: “This box is filled with learning and fun: Children use picture clues to find objects hidden in the photographs. Each time kids play I Spy, they practice important learning skills. “
|Brown Bear, Brown Bear
By Bill Martin, Jr.
From the Publisher: “A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book.”
|The Real Mother Goose Board Book
From Blanche Fisher WrightFrom the Publisher: “With color illustrations on every other page, this book includes classic nursery rhymes such as ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence,’ ‘Wee Willie Winkie,’ ‘The Cat and the Fiddle,’ ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ and many more.”
|Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
By Bill Martin, Jr.From the Publisher: “Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years! “
|Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
By Dr. Seuss
From the Publisher: “Hears an introduction for babies to the wonderful mishmash world of sounds. Listen to the cow’s moo, the frying eggs’ sizzle, and the thunder’s boom boom boom. There are plenty of noises for everyone! “