Bekah & Max Love Babies Book – English and Afrikaans
♥ Supports emotional sensory development
♥ Stimulates developing eyesight
♥ Engages baby’s interest
♥ Great way to introduce your baby and toddler to books
♥ Parents notes included at the back
♥ Must “read” for babies and toddlers
♥ Use as a book
Why We Pick it:
Reading to your baby is important.
Why Read to My Baby?
Young babies may not know what the pictures in a book mean, but they can focus on them, especially faces, bright colors, and contrasting patterns. When you read or sing lullabies and nursery rhymes, you can entertain and soothe your infant.
Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it’s an important form of stimulation.
♥ teaches a baby about communication
♥ introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
♥ builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
♥ gives babies information about the world around them
Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk.
Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.
When you read, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.
But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is a skill worth learning. And, if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and budding readers are created.
This book is available in English and Afrikaans.