Hi there! If you’re a parent, early childhood educator, librarian or just someone interested in learning more about reading to babies, I’m glad you decided to stop by and hope you will be too.
Babylovesbooks is a way for us to share and discuss -
* Tips and suggestions on how to read to baby, how to pick the right stories or books for your baby, how to find the time to read to your baby, how to raise a reader, tricking your baby into loving books! and more
* Reviews of baby story books, common elements of best baby books, book recommendations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
* Product Reviews – related to baby books, of course.
* Reading methods, reading programs for kids, whether they’re necessary, which ones work and why
* Interviews with librarians, teachers, early childhood educators, child development specialists and other professionals who work with books and kids.
* Reviews and discussions about story times and other events at libraries and book stores.
The story behind babylovesbooks.com
It seemed silly at first. All the books and parenting newsletters I subscribed to told me about the benefits of reading to my baby, starting as early as when she was weeks old. I didn’t question the studies. But, I visualized myself in my sleep-deprived, new mom days, book in one hand, baby on lap – reading aloud to the little bundle that had kept me up most of the night (and day.) I wasn’t so sure.
But I tried it anyway. ( I have a confession to make – I enjoy looking at picture books myself. ) So, I added ‘books to read to baby’ to my baby shopping list and picked up a couple of small board books.
I started reading to my daughter when she was about 4 days old. And haven’t been able to stop.
The first book we read together was ‘My Baby Elephant’. Now, three years later, we’ve covered dozens of fairy tales, bedtime story books, Mother Goose rhymes, Dora’s, Curious George’s, Disney’s, Baby Einstein’s and countless others. The parenting newsletters continue to tell me how all this reading may be making my daughter smarter, improving her vocabulary and memory.
And I’m sure it is. But the fun we’ve had along the way is the best part. Reading with my daughter is one of the most enjoyable activities we share. The way her eyes light up when we pick out books at the library, the expression she has when she waits for me to start a book, the way she looks at my lips as I pronounce new words in the book, the delightful moments we share when she completes a phrase or points out to a character in the book in response to a question…it all gives me such indescribable joy. When I picked out that first book three years ago, little did I know how much I would end up enjoying the process of reading with my baby and evolving with her and with every book we finished.
I hope my daughter is benefiting from all this reading. I know for sure that I am. Reading with my little girl has helped me see things differently. Through this blog, I hope to share some of those wonderful experiences and to read about some of yours.
Among other things, I’ll blog about the books we read, how we liked them, the great ones, the boring ones, the ones that made us laugh or cry, the ones that kept her up all night, the games we play after we read…all the things that make reading together so much fun.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll share some of your reading adventures with me.
Full time mom and freelance writer…enjoying the best aspects of both.
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