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Reading out to your baby can begin as early as when the baby is in the womb. The baby has the ability to listen and this would make it even more easier once the baby is born. You can read out or even sing to them so that they get used to it. Listening to your voice has so many positive effects once the baby is out.
As early as a two month old baby can identify black and white, so books with images in those colours can make them respond. When they are three months and older, you can hold them close and start reading aloud. Trust me this is a wonderful shared activity and something that can continue for many more years; someday or the other they will be thankful to you for cultivating this habit.
Reading out to them is an important form of stimulation and helps them explore. Your child is exposed to words, which makes communication easier. Children who have the knowledge of more words at a young age end up having a rich vocabulary. Additionally, identifying words from pictures makes them a good conversationalist. So, let me jot down some of what I’ve read to mine and I hope it helps you too. Raising a little reader can begin any time after you conceive.
TO READ TO YOUR BABY IN WOMB:
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne, illustrated by E H Shepard
This book is first on my list, mainly cause of the language used by the author. Milne is known for writing great stories for young audience, supportive of illustrations by Shepard. The book is even now handed over to next generations.
The Cazuela That The Farm Maiden Stirred by Samantha R Vamos illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Let me tell you, I love learning and I would really want my child also to explore the world of learning. Especially many languages. This book introduces English and Spanish. The pronunciation guide at the back is an added feature. The story is about farm workers and animals bringing in the ingredients to make a pudding. The recipe at the back can be tried out to feed your baby when they are old enough. This is such a wonderful gifting option if you know someone who loves reading and is pregnant or has a baby.
Dr. Seuss’s books
How can you forget Dr. Seuss’s book when you are reading out? The rhyme and tongue twisters give you a whole new experience. Green Eggs and ham is a favourite.
LLama llama Red Pajama By Anna Dewdney
This is a wonderful bed time story that any kid would love to listen to. How I love those illustrations.
BOOKS TO READ TO YOUR TODDLER:
I will just list them out and you can read them out to your child.
These are my favorites and my daughter’s too. I hope you enjoy them too.
A version of this was first published here.
The images are cover images of the books mentioned by the author
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