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When should I start reading to my baby

Never Too Early to Start

So when do you start sharing books with your child? Some parents read to their babies in the womb while a leading American literary expert when asked the same question replied “Honey, I’ll spare you the delivery but on the way back “ So it’s never too early to start. One great book to start with is Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy.

0 – 6 months Recommended book:

Mouse is Small (Board Book)
Quack, Quack, Quack (Bath Book)
Bath books, Board books , Touch & Feel books, are a great way to introduce books to your new baby. They can chew, splash and explore as they begin the early process of learning to love books. For this age books ideally should have big bright bold colours and clear uncluttered pictures. You can extend the play activity by making sounds, using facial expressions and gesturing to show size and movement. At an early age babies respond by holding the book, pointing to pictures that grab their attention and having a good chew too.

Reading a story is a wonderful way of talking to and playing with your baby. It gives them an early introduction to communication and social skills, and you are giving them the most precious gift of all – your time.

6 – 18 months Recommended book:

Owl Babies (Picture Book)

Picture books with short text , Lift the Flap books, Nursery rhymes , pick books that are well illustrated and ones you will enjoy as well. Playing and reading with books shouldn’t be confined to certain places or times, books can be enjoyed everywhere, bathroom, bedroom, playroom and even the car. The physical contact with your child, sitting on your lap, while you read aloud is a reassuring and pleasurable experience for both of you. Children can experience worlds and lives beyond their own through stories. It can help them cope with emotions such as fear and anxiety while being reassured in a safe and secure environment.

You can help and encourage them to link the pictures to the text and the spoken word by pointing, asking and answering questions. Predicting what will happen next adds excitement to the story. Be sure to praise them when they point to a picture, turn a page or make an effort to copy your sounds.


Rhymes are an essential part of literacy development, repetition enables children to memorise sounds and words. They encourage and develop listening skills, increase their attention span, stimulate and stretch their imagination. Developing a love of books with your child not only gives them a lifelong love of reading, it is a proven fact that early introduction to books gives children an advantage at school with vocabulary, literacy, comprehension, numeracy and social skills. Try to read to your baby every day even if only for a few minutes, have fun with the repetition in Owl Babies or make lots of animal sounds with Mouse is Small.

Most of all have fun,
from Patsy Tara Book Co.