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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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When you talk to your child about different events and ideas, it helps them learn new vocabulary and to use words they know.


Things to Do

Explain a story you just read in your own words.

Ask your baby a question and then answer it, holding your own personal conversation that your baby witnesses. 

Ask your child to tell you about their day. Then ask follow-up questions to help your child add details. 

Read one of your child's favorite stories, stopping at certain points to ask your child what happens next.

Read wordless books and ask your child to tell you what's happening. 

Read question and answer books, letting your child respond with their own answer between pages.


Books to Read

Use the books mentioned here to start a conversation with your child. Reserve all of them.

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Chalk - Bill Thomson
A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.

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Good Night, Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

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The Lion and the Mouse - Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

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The Magic Hat - Mem Fox
A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads.

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The Napping House - Audrey Wood
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.


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