Babies Need Books - Here's Why

Your baby is never to young to be read to! Here's why reading is important for their growth and development.
Posted on 04 March 2020 by Karla.

Books and babies… not something everyone puts together, but at the library we strongly believe in reading to babies.

Developing early literacy skills from a young age has multiple benefits for young children. Many books for babies include shapes, colors, and numbers which can boost your baby’s IQ. You can also find books that go over concepts like days of the week, months, and time to help with this. Reading rhyming books, repetition books, and books with animal noises help babies learn different sounds, words, and language. Lift the flap and textured books help invoke curiosity and fun. When you read high contrast books they help your baby's optic nerve grow. Plus, it is a fantastic way to spend some quality time with your little one. Not to mention, the more words your baby hears you speak, the bigger their vocabulary will eventually become. 

I've compiled a great list of books that you can borrow from the Library to read at home with your baby - take a look at it here


Let Us Tell Some Stories

I mentioned above that the more words your children hear, the bigger their vocabulary will become. During just one 30-minute storytime at the Library, your child will be exposed to an average of 1,600 words! How do we know that? We wear a word counting device called a Starling to all of our storytimes. 

So, let us help you introduce your children to new words in a fun and engaging way - join us at the Library for storytime!  

Storytime for Babies and Ones happens on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am. At these storytimes we read books, sing songs, and incorporate play. If mornings don’t work for you, you can bring the whole family to our Evening Family Storytime on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. Feel free to come in your pajamas and bring your favourite stuffie along. 

We also have Toddler Storytime on Thursday's and Preschool Storytime on Friday's. For all the time/date and registration details, take a look at our current issue of Let's Play

Hope to see you here soon!


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