It’s Read Across America Day…and Dr. Seuss’s birthday.!

To celebrate, we are talking kids books! There are so many wonderful books that can capture a little ones imagination and they will quickly have their favorites that they will want to read night after night. It’s important to foster their love of reading from an early age, because lets face it, they have many years of reading ahead of them! Here are several tips to help with that, along with some favorite book suggestions from our staff.

  • Add reading to your little one to their nightly routine – if you create the time, you can actually get them into bed a little earlier and they will even look forward to it. When they start complaining about bedtime, change the subject by asking them “what book would you like to read tonight? What about the one with the great big turnip?” and before you know it, they will be telling you their book choices.
  • Let your child see you relaxing and reading. It may seem like the wrong thing to do, like maybe you are ignoring them, but if your child sees you reading a book, they are more likely to follow suit and take time for themselves in the same way.
  • Find books that educate your child about different times of the year –put them away when its no longer that season and rotate them back in the following year. Halloween, Holidays, Summer etc.
  • It’s never to early to begin, so begin reading right away – it’s a great way to bond and is something to talk to your newborn about when you run out of oohing and aah-ing!

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Little Babies:
1.: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
2.: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
3.: Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton
4.: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Older Babies:
5.: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

6.: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman