Saturday, July 17, 2010

Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos

Assalamu alaikum,

This is a book I'm happily enjoying right now alhamdulillah.

This book is small, square and one I am so glad that I bought alhamdulillah. Full of useful tips to help parents, teachers, grandparents, and caregivers, choose books for babies, toddlers and twos; know what to expect at each developmental stage when reading aloud to a child (i.e. will the book be sucked on, thrown, or torn, etc.) and of course, the wonderful benefits of reading to your child are abundant and well placed throughout the book. The book also features small snippets of other parents' adventures when reading to their child (it helps to know that you're not the only parent who has had a child crawl (or walk) away right in the middle of a read aloud! *smile*).

The book has one feature that I really like: it helps parents recognize patterns in the types of books their child likes. For instance, they suggest that you ask yourself, "Do the books that my child likes all have bold or subtle illustrations?", "Do the characters talk?", and several other probing questions that help you see beyond the immediately noticeable similarities and help you see what your baby might be seeing in each book that makes it his/her favourite book to be read aloud.

I think this would make a nice gift for a sister who is expecting (that way she has time to read it insha'Allah, before baby This was another bargain that I found and I hope that you will be able to find it in your local library insha'Allah.

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