How do you read aloud to babies?

in Everyday Learning

“Tails furry, Tails spiny,
Tails rainbow-hued and – shiny!
Tails stand up, Tails drag,
Tails frisky – wag, wag, wag!”

Tails, by Matthew Van Fleet, is texture-rich, full of surprises for little hands. Van Fleet invites babies to lift-the-flaps, rub furry tails, and pull tabs to make tails swish.

Reading aloud to your baby is a precious time and choosing good board books is the first step. Read my post about what makes a good board book.

Look for more of my favorite books:

Ages Birth to One: Bright Baby First Words by Roger Priddy and Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe, by Tana Hoban

Ages One to Three: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Practical pointers on reading aloud to babies:

  • Nestle baby in your lap facing out.
  • Point to every picture; talk about the pictures.
  • Use an animated voice. Make your voice go up and down.
  • Show the hinge and move the pages back and forth. (One and two year olds love the hinge effect of a board book.)


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