Required: At least 10-15 baby books – can be bought in sets or as board books for young babies
Baby Books: The Importance of Reading to Your Child
We cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading to your child from the earliest possible age. Babies who are read to develop a higher aptitude for learning in general – numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
For newborns, just hearing your voice will give them a sense of security and love, and what you read is not nearly as important as just doing it. Babies will pick up more on the rhythm and cadence of your voice than the words, but repetition can be good for augmenting language skills. Image-wise, your baby will probably be fascinated by books with bright colours or sharp contrasts, but do not hesitate to read stories designed for older children. And when not reading, try to provide a running commentary for your baby of what you are doing around the house or what you see when you are out walking. The more you speak to your child, the better it is for growth and development.
As your baby grows, let them be the judge of which books they like best – whether those with colourful drawings or built-in activities, those with animals or people, or just your old classics. With older children, reading not only continues to build core cognitive skills, but also helps develop logical thinking skills and enhance concentration and discipline.
Simply put, reading is one of the best things you can do for your baby.