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How to Raise a Reader? When to introduce books to babies? + Free List of books!

Raising a reader is an art. Not many people read voraciously but all babies/toddlers are curious about books like all the things around them, if tapped right we can raise a reader.

I, for one, have always been a reader. I remember the days when I get lost in a story. The world around me ceased to exist but for the musty smell of the tome. I get so immersed in a good book that I lost track of time and place I was in. Now that I'm an adult I want to raise my kid a reader, so far so good, he won't go to bed, unless i read a book to him.

Babies Do Need Books

Read to your baby. You've probably heard that from many sources by now, from your paediatrician, your mother, your mom-friend, your neighbour. They all are right, of course. Reading to a newborn can feel ridiculous it more like reading to yourself. Newborns can't focus their eyes, they can't see you across the room clearly yet.

Even before they can understand the words, they will benefit from the soothing sound of your voice and the sensory experience of looking at pictures and feeling the pages. As they grow, reading together will help develop their language skills and improve their cognitive abilities.

So when should you start? You can begin reading to your baby as early as their first few weeks of life. Start with simple board books with bold pictures and textures for them to touch and explore. As your baby grows and develops, you can introduce more complex stories and interactive books that encourage them to participate in the reading experience.

But raising a reader is not just about reading books to your child. It's also about creating a reading culture in your home. Make books easily accessible and encourage your child to choose books that interest them. Set aside time each day for reading and make it a fun and enjoyable experience.

Introducing books to your baby early on is an important step in raising a reader. Start with simple board books and build up to more complex stories as your child grows. And remember, creating a reading culture in your home is just as important as the act of reading itself.

The following books are all classics that have been enjoyed by generations of children and are sure to delight your little one as well. Happy reading!

  1. "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown

  2. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

  3. "Where's Spot?" by Eric Hill

  4. "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr.

  5. "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell

  6. "Moo, Baa, La La La!" by Sandra Boynton

  7. "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney

  8. "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss

  9. "Corduroy" by Don Freeman

  10. "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats

  11. "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

  12. "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

  13. "Curious George" by H.A. Rey

  14. "Pat the Bunny" by Dorothy Kunhardt

  15. "Peek-a-Who?" by Nina Laden

Not enough? Download Our Free Ultimate List of Books for Kids below to Unlock a World of Imagination and Watch Them Soar!

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