Babies and literacy

Will and I have had the joy this week of welcoming a new granddaughter to our family. Today while we were fixing supper for everyone, we overheard our son-in-law talking to our 2 1/2 year-old grandson. Dad was telling this new big brother that he was going to be able to teach his little sister the names for so many things as they spend time together. This little girl is lucky for many reasons, but for certain she is going to grow up in a word-rich environment.

Literacy Volunteers of SW MN programs support family literacy for all ages, including babies. The Association for Library Service to Children’s initiative Babies Need Words Every Day focuses on bridging the 30 Million Word Gap by having libraries support parents in building their children’s literacy skills from birth. Here’s a booklist from ALSC with titles that are good choices for reading with babies. Check with your local library to find these books for your own children, consider these as good books to give as gifts, or select these books to donate to organizations like Literacy Volunteers that provide family literacy services and books to families who are developing their literacy skills.

Keep up the good reading! Candace

babies need words

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