Reading for treasure

This activity will help you learn about what books and pictures your baby likes.

You can help your baby be interested in books by getting them to choose one.

Bring together a collection of baby books. You can go to your local library if you don’t have many at home.

Remember, babies like books with different textures, flaps and bright colours.

Put a few books in front of your baby and encourage them to pick one for you to look at together.

When they choose it, read it to them. Maybe they can turn the pages for you.

Point to the pictures and describe what you see. For example, ‘Look at the elephant’. When you do this, wait for your baby to respond.

Praise them when they try to interact with the book by pointing or making sounds.

Good to know

Giving your baby choices helps to build their confidence and self-esteem.

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