Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
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Look at the Pretty Pictures!
Quality over quantity! Take the time to read books slowly and point out what's happening in the illustrations. Babies love the pictures and are picking up language and pre-reading skills before they learn to talk. Even before your baby is verbal, ask questions and make exclamations: "Look at the cow in the barn! Is it raining?" Ask your tot to point to things in the illustrations: "Where's the moon? Do you see any stars?" (Point them out if your child doesn't know the words yet.) Read the same books multiple times to reinforce new words (even though it might get a bit boring for you!). You'll be amazed when your child can point out new animals, objects, and colors!
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