Picture books with short text, Lift the Flap books, Nursery rhymes are good for 6-18 months. Pick books that are well illustrated and ones you will enjoy as well. Playing and reading with books shouldn’t be confined to certain places or times, books can be enjoyed everywhere, bathroom, bedroom, playroom and even the car.
The physical contact of your baby sitting on your lap while you read aloud is a reassuring and pleasurable experience for both of you. Children can experience worlds and lives beyond their own through stories. It helps them cope with different emotions such as fear and anxiety while being reassured in a safe and secure environment.
You can help and encourage them to link the pictures to the text and the spoken word by pointing, asking and answering questions. Predicting what will happen next will add excitement to the story. Be sure to praise them when they point to a picture, turn a page or make an effort to copy your sounds.
Rhymes are an essential part of literacy development, repetition enables children to memorise sounds and words. They encourage and develop listening skills, increase their attention span, stimulate and stretch their imagination.
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy (Picture Book)
All the animals love the baby – and so will you!
“I saw the baby! Did you see the baby?” “Yes! I saw the baby, the teeny, weeny thing.” “I tickled the baby! Did you tickle the baby?” “Yes! I tickled the baby, the wriggly, giggly thing!” Join in the fun in this shout-out-loud picture book for the very youngest of children.
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Bedtime Rhymes (Board Book)
The Usborne Bedtime Rhymes is a nice book to share at bedtime.
Featuring six rhymes by Sam Taplin and featuring artwork by Anna Luraschi, this book aims to have babies and young children ready to cosy up at the end of a long day.
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