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Early Literacy Tips for Parents of Babies | Video Training

Early Literacy Tips for Parents of Babies | Video Training

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If you had a baby this year (or are expecting one!), we invite you to join us for this free ONLINE video training about raising readers from infancy. Watch the video for five baby literacy tips you can use immediately to set a good foundation for raising a reader!

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TOP BABY LITERACY TIPS:

  • Babies learn through exploration using their five senses, especially taste. Sturdy board books are important for this age and stage.
  • Singing to your babies and reciting nursery rhymes will introduce them to other forms of language.
  • Children who are read to from a young age will associate books with cuddles, time, and attention!
  • Use brightly-colored  or high-contrast board books during tummy time.

Infancy is the perfect time to start good habits with reading before bedtime. Choose a sweet lovey-dovey story to read or recite every night. (Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton was our favorite!)


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Raising children who love reading doesn’t just happen. So let’s be more intentional together, okay?

Benefits of Baby Storytime

Benefits of Baby Storytime

So, you’ve just had a baby! Congratulations to your entire family.

If you’re anything like me, you may be wondering how you can raise your child to love books and become a lifelong reader. When our oldest daughter was a newborn, I read a wonderful book from Mem Fox all about the benefits of reading aloud to her each day. With our second daughter, I realized that there even more ways to bring early literacy to young children: sign language and baby storytime.

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Our family loves attending programs at our library: LEGO time, guest lectures from local experts, and even adult coloring! Our favorite activity is storytime, and it has been since the time our girls were babies.

Here are the benefits of baby storytime:

  • Storytime is fun.

Entertaining a baby can be a tricky endeavor. Baby storytime gives you a screen-free break from being the “entertainer.”

  • You get new ideas!

Children’s librarians are experts in early literacy. They can recommend new and favorite books, introduce nursery rhymes, and share tips you can apply at home.

  • It’s a bonding experience.

Many parents have told me they would love fewer distractions during family time. Baby storytime is an opportunity for you to give your baby lots of snuggles, tickles, and eye contact.

  • You meet other parents!

Becoming a parent can be an isolating experience. Attending baby storytime at the library gives you a chance to connect with other families in your neighborhood.

  • It sets good habits for the future.

Going to the library for baby storytime teaches your little one that the library is a fun place to be! As your baby grows into an inquisitive toddler, you can introduce them to browsing for board books and taking them home.

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You might also enjoy our printable booklist for babies:

52 Best Books For Babies | FREE Printable List from Rolling Prairie Readers


What if you can’t go to baby storytime?

Maybe you live in a rural area without a library nearby, or perhaps you have a medically-fragile child and can’t go to crowded places. In that case, we would love to invite you to our free, online story time for little ones! Bring your baby or toddler for songs, stories, and a little bit of sign language. Meet other parents and enjoy our online community.

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5 Great Benefits of Reading to Babies from Birth

5 Great Benefits of Reading to Babies from Birth

Reading to babies is one of the first and best things parents can do! If you’ve ever wondered when to start, let me tell you that is never too early (or too late!) to read aloud with your kids. I actually read to both of our girls while pregnant and love talking about the massive benefits of introducing our children to books from a very young age.

five great benefits of reading to babies from birth

Welcoming a new baby is a sweet and exciting time for any family. There is a nursery to prepare, a car seat to purchase and install, and so many tiny little clothes to wash and fold. Many parents have a baby shower, and my go-to gift is a bundle of two wonderful books by Australian author, Mem Fox: Reading Magic (for the parents) and Where is the Green Sheep? (for the baby).

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Our first daughter was born prematurely and spent her first few months in the NICU. I spent my days sitting by her side, alternatively poring over Reading Magic while she slept. I read aloud picture book after picture book during her awake hours so she could hear my voice. It was at that moment that our family culture was born. Books had always been a huge part of my life as a child and young adult, and now they are a huge part of our family as well.

Read more of this post about reading to babies over at everythingbabies.org!

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