Why, What and How
Reading to Baby: The
When reading to baby how can you
foster in them a love for reading?
Lucy reading with her Grandma
are some ideas on reading with baby that will help your baby develop a love for reading.
- When reading to baby always choose a good time.
- Keep your sessions short and sweet.
- Use a soft and animated sing song voice.
- Read and re-read the same books to your
- Make the stories your own.
- Make sure your baby can see the pictures.
- Help your baby turn the pages.
- Point to the text as you read.
- Keep reading fun and enjoyable.
- Make your own books to share with your
Take your cues from them. You want your reading sessions to
positive experiences, so choose times of the day when you want to help
your baby wind down and be calm and relaxed. Before going to
or after a busy playtime can be the best times.
- When reading to baby always
choose a good time.
Your baby only has a short attention span so once again you need to
observe your baby as you read and take your cues from them.
Your baby may want you to change books before you have even
finished reading it. That is ok it is not necessary for your
to hear each book to the end.
your sessions short and sweet.
voice helps your baby to engage in the book you
are reading. As your baby gets older different characters in
story can have different voices. If you need any help you
ask your public librarian to model a great story time session for you.
a soft and animated sing song voice.
is wonderful to
have some favourite books. Books were never meant to be read
once. It is important to enjoy the same books over and over
this familiarity is comforting to your baby and helps to foster in them
a love for books.
and re-read the same books to your baby.
You do not have to read the exact text on the page. They
are just suggestions from the author. You could look at the
pictures and make up your own text and story as you go.
the stories your own.
Hold the book so your baby can see it. Understanding that
can read makes it even more important to include your baby in the
reading process. Pictures tell a
Involve your baby in the story by pointing out things in the
pictures and asking them questions about what they can see in the
pictures. This helps the story and book come alive to your
sure your baby can see the pictures.
A book can be a very tactile experience....well the cloth, bath and
board books for the new baby anyway. Let your baby hold the
if it is appropriate and as they get older encourage them to turn the
pages of the book. Each time you turn the page say "Turn the
page". You are teaching your baby about reading and how we do
your baby turn the pages.
You do not need to do this all the time and for every book but as your
baby grows older you can do this to show them that you are reading the
words. This helps prepare them to learn about the concepts of
print: that reading goes from left to right, each word you
has a word in the book, the difference between letters, and words etc.
to the text as you read.
may like to have a special place where you keep
your books and where you read to really help reading and books hold
their magic. Value this time together. Encourage
different people to read to your baby.
reading fun and enjoyable.
are wonderful places to take your baby. Now that
know that babies can read then it is a must that your baby has his own
When my son
born I was given a gift pack by the hospital and in this pack the
library gave me forms to fill in for him to get his own
library card as well as a black and white contrast book. If only every
hospital did this!
My son Jamie at our library.
about story times at your library,
are a fun, free activity to do together.
Learn how you can create
a baby book or make
a family photo book.
your own books to share with your baby.
These make reading to baby an even more fun and personal experience.
about reading to your baby: