My little Janna is 13 months old today. She is such a sweetie and is learning so much each day. She walks all over the place and says quite a few words such as go, no, what, mama, dad, hi, bye, and look.
Today she added a new word thanks to a little book we have been reading. After looking at a picture of a flower and having me repeat the word over and over Janna said “flower”.
Books are such wonderful tools for learning for everyone from babies to adults. Janna is finally out of the “I want to eat the books not look at them” stage and has really started enjoying being read to. Today she sat on my lap and listened to me read an entire nursery rhymes book. She especially liked the rhymes that I sang to her.
When reading to babies and toddlers try to keep their attention span and interests in mind. They don’t even have to be sitting on your lap to have you read to them. If they are playing while you are reading to them, they can still hear you.
Janna’s favorite books are those that have bright, bold pictures. She is especially fond of a small board book that has pictures of real animals. She will sit and study them for the longest time. She has even said “woof” and “meow” when we read it together.
I did want to share a link to a post written by Vanessa of Silly Eagle Books called “Don’t read to your kids: no good can come of it!”. I love her sense of humor in this post, but don’t let the title fool you. She is a big advocate of reading to your children and gives some great reasons why.
What is your baby or toddlers favorite book? What was your favorite book when you were little? Mine was No, no, Natalie,.