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Month of the Young Child: Focus on children

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Babies are constantly observing and assessing their world through the use of their senses--sight, sound, touch, feel. The sound of Mom or Dad's voice is a source of joy and comfort. So it is not too early to introduce even a very young baby to the pleasure of books. It is a great way to connect with your child and it is a fun stage of child development.

Very young babies respond to human faces. There is a series of books available by Margaret Miller that features faces that can capture a baby's attention. Young babies can focus on simple geometric images. Tana Hoban has a couple of books, White on Black and Black on White that has images that capture a young baby's focus.

Find a time to explore books when you and your child are rested and relaxed. If your child becomes restless or fussy, then stop and try again later.

Older infants (around 6 months) are beginning to control their movements. As you are looking at a board book with them, they may decide to grab on and "taste" the book. It is just another way to explore to them!! Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt is a favorite book for this age. Eric Hill has a series of flap books about Spot that are fun to read with babies 6-12 months.

Board books are perfect for babies to "read" and explore. They are study enough to hold up to the chewing, drooling and tearing that can occur with babies. Here are some board book suggestions:

Hug by Jez Alborough
Wow! Babies! by Penny Gentieu
White on Black by Tana Hoban
Who Are They? by Tana Hoban; Get Ready, Baby by Margaret Miller
Peekaboo Baby by Margaret Miller
Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury
I Touch by Helen Oxenbury
The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
Jumping Frog by by Amanda Leslie
I See by Rachhel Isadora
One, Tickle Your Tum by John Prater
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor

Check out your local library for even more wonderful suggestions! What a wonderful and free resource to use and enjoy.

Take pleasure in this wonderful stage of your baby’s development and snuggle up and read!

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