Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Infant Literature (0 - 18 mo)
Books can be an integral part of your child's life from the
beginning. Your newborn will enjoy just hearing your voice,
so read aloud your favorite mystery or spy novel while
feeding or cuddling with the baby. The interchange between
you and your infant is far more important than the actual
plot or pictures in a book.
As the baby gets older, read to her on a daily basis.
Choose books that are durable (cloth or boardbooks) with
bright colors and large simple pictures. Constant
repetition of the books will encourage baby's speech and
help her to recognize and name familiar objects. She will
enjoy feeling the rough and smooth textures found in
"touching" books and listening to the lilting sounds of
nonsense verse and nursery rhymes. You'll be surprised at
how quickly she will learn to join in the rhymes and songs.
If you continue to make reading time fun, your baby will
develop a lifelong love for reading and books.
For more information see:
Importance of Books
Suggested Reading Activities
Using Books to Help Children Cope
Children's Books Listed by Subject