The memories of very small readers

July 31, 2014 | 1 book mentioned 2

Although children’s earliest memories often don’t stay with them, as this new article on Aeon describes, babies form emotional connections and intellectual attitudes that last the rest of their lives. So read to your newborn, according to Jason Boog (Born Reading), even if she doesn’t yet know the words.

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  1. Yes, but be lighthearted and flexible when reading with children of all ages…look at the pictures, talk about them, don’t get hung up on having the child listen in a way that’s not developmentally appropriate. This is especially true with infants and very young children…be willing to go back and forth, re-read a million times, etc. For infants and young children, I especially love books of songs that are illustrated…A you’re Adorable, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Morning has Broken, etc etc etc. And picture books are for readers of all ages. Reading with children should be a joy, not a chore.

  2. One more moment on the soapbox: PLEASE USE ACTUAL BOOKS NOT SCREENS, especially with babies and young children.

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