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June 2, 2006 / allyo

Blog Booktour: Reading With Babies, Toddlers, & Twos

Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos is an easy and quick read. For those of us who take our parenting books in short gulps, the length and format of the chapters are perfect. Rather than age-ranges, book and suggested activity lists are broken out by developmental stages – newborn, heads up, sitting, crawling/creeping, cruising/walking, talking, running.

My favorite thing about this book are the suggestions in every chapter on how to incorporate books into your everyday life. Books aren’t just for sitting on the shelf, only to be taken out at assigned reading times. Books, reading, and storytelling can and should be a part of playtime, mealtime, car rides, even TV-watching time, and it’s this philosophy that spoke to me the most.

I’m lucky. I have a children’s literature expert in the family and I spent years working at my aunt’s children’s bookstore, so I came to this reading to-and-with your kid thing with some knowledge in my back pocket. Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos affirmed a lot of what we’ve already been doing, and still gave us lots of new ideas to try.

The focus on the first two years is perfect. I think for anyone, figuring out where books fit in during the early months, beyond bed- and nap-time reading, can be daunting, and especially for first-time parents, books can fall to the bottom of the priority list fairly quickly. Even once you’ve gotten beyond the newborn stage, figuring what books appeal to your child and why can be overwhelming. Having this guide around should help tremendously.

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