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Today, September 8, is International Literacy Day, so we had to bring information all about the magical world of books and reading. Reading is a great way to teach your baby new words. By listening to you read, babies will build their communication skills and vocabulary, while also beginning to grow speech development. When you’re ready to begin reading to and with baby, here is our list of pages to start on: 

ABC Dogs by Kathy Darling helps teach your baby the alphabet in a playful way...with dogs! Plus, when your baby is older, they can learn about the breed of the dog in the same book!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr. helps toddlers associate colors with objects and keeps baby entertained with fun illustrations. In addition, they will learn new animals throughout the book!

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, along with most of his books, expand babies’ vocabulary because he uses so many words and makes rhymes out of them. Rhyming helps with baby’s memorization skills in that he or she can remember and recall the words easier. 

Textures by Joanne Barkhan teaches babies how to associate each word with its texture so they can feel what you are describing to them. This allows you to teach your baby certain words that would otherwise be difficult to explain.

The Wheels on the Bus by Paul Zelinsky is not only a descriptive book but also a song! Babies feel connected to your singing voice because the sound of it helps soothe them.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown is the perfect bedtime story that lulls your baby at bedtime by sending them goodnight wishes. This book is a short poem that goes into a whisper at the end to calm your baby before bedtime.

Reading at a young age may help inspire your child to read more on their own as they get older. The more words they hear, the more they will learn throughout their childhood. Reading books also stimulates babies’ imagination as well as visual senses through seeing the pictures and letters in the book. 

If you have a little one on the way, a great way to read to him or her, is through our Bellytunes, belly bump headphone adapters. With your normal headphones, you are able to play sound for your little one to be, and can celebrate International Literacy Day with them as well!