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Born to Read  

Babies are sponges for learning. From birth to age 5, help your child unlock their potential for learning and reading.
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The shared experience of reading together with children will show them that books are fun and enjoyable. A positive attitude towards books will make them more likely to want to learn to read on their own.


Things to Do

Choose a time when your baby is relaxed and happy.

Speak in a pleasant voice with lots of inflection. The way you read can really make the words come alive.

Point to pictures and talk about them.

Hold the book so your baby can see the words and pictures clearly.

Reread your baby’s favorites whenever asked.

Read to your child while he or she is playing - you may think they’re not listening, but they probably are.

Keep reading times short and fun.


Books to Read

Use the books mentioned here to help build your child's lifelong love of reading. Reserve all of them.

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Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

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I Stink! - Kate McMullan
A big city garbage truck makes its rounds, consuming everything from apple cores and banana peels to leftover ziti with zucchini.

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Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

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Otis - Loren Long
When a big new yellow tractor arrives, Otis the friendly little tractor is cast away behind the barn, but when trouble occurs Otis is the only one who can help.

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Skippyjon Jones - Judy Schachner
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.


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