CRRL Kids: Talk, Read & Have Fun With Books and Your Infant

ABC, Baby Me!
ABC, Baby Me! By Katz, Susan B. Board Book - 2010 FICTION Kat Available in some locations

Annotation:Rhyming text and the letters A through Z introduce babies' daily activities. A great book to introduce new vocabulary to your baby! Example: While pointing to the pictures talk about what the babies are doing.. B-bouncing...let's bounce like the baby. Gently bounce your baby on your lap.

Baby Faces
Baby Faces By Miller, Margaret Board Book - 1998 FICTION Mil Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents photographs of babies with facial expressions that show a range of different emotions. Babies find faces interesting and research has shown that an infant pays attention to human faces longer than anything else. Talk about the faces. Example: See her nose? Here is your nose! Touch your baby's nose.

Baby Signs
Baby Signs A Baby-sized Guide to Speaking With Sign Language By Allen, Joy Board Book - 2008 FICTION All Available in some locations

Annotation:Milk -- Water -- More -- All done -- Diaper -- Dog -- Cat -- It hurts -- - Help me -- Mommy -- Daddy -- Book -- Sleepy -- Research has shown that young children can communicate through sign language before they have developed the ability to speak. Learning sign language will not hamper their speaking ability but will aid it because they are learning to communicate. Example: Help your baby form the sign for "milk" as you say "milk."

Beep! Beep!
Beep! Beep! Peekaboo! By Sirett, Dawn Board Book - 2008 FICTION Sir All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A touch-and-feel, lift-the-flap book that helps baby to develop thinking and memory skills while playing peekaboo. As babies play hide-and-seek with their toys, readers can open the flaps to discover where the textured toys are hiding. Picture books that pair a picture of a single object with a word help children to learn new vocabulary, especially with objects they are familiar with. Talk about the pictures and point to the words as you open the flaps.

Black & White
Black & White By Hoban, Tana Book - 2007 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:White illustrations against a black background, alternating with black illustrations against a white background, depicting objects such as an elephant, butterfly, leaf, horse, baby bottle, and sailboat. Color vision is just beginning to develop at birth so picture books with high contrasting illustrations are great for visual stimuli. Slowly show the pages to your infant while talking about what they are seeing. Example: "this is an elephant! See its long trunk? That's what an elephant uses to breathe. We have a nose!" Touch your baby's nose.

Clap Hands
Clap Hands By Oxenbury, Helen Board Book - 1999 FICTION Oxe Available in some locations

Annotation:Cuddly babies at play. Clap Hands shows baby from a variety of racial/ethnic groups and shows young children interacting with each other in positive, fun ways. Help your baby clap along with the babies in the pictures and talk about the fun theys they are doing.

Fiesta Babies
Fiesta Babies By Tafolla, Carmen Book - 2010 FICTION Taf Available in some locations

Annotation:Babies enjoy the colorful fiesta with singing, dancing, hugs, and kisses. To build a positive sense of self, children need to see themselves, their families and their cultural traditions in the books we share with them. This books is a great choice for Hispanic families to share. Example: Talk about what you see in the pictures and how they are familiar to your family gatherings..."See la abuela? She looks like your la abuela!"

Numbers Board Book - 2012 FICTION Num Available in some locations

Annotation:Introduces little children to their very first numbers from one to ten. Bright contrasting colors for the baby to focus on. Example: you can point to objects and count out-loud. "One duck, two ducks, three ducks..."

Splish Splash!
Splish Splash! A Touch & Hear Book By Schimler, Amy Book - 2011

Annotation:"The river comes to this board book that's filled with interactive elements that create the sounds described by the words on each page."--p.4 of cover. Young children are hands-on learners. So, using books that they can touch and feel, lift-the-flap, etc. engages their senses and adds interest. Example: Talk about the animals in thep pictures; adding descriptions of everything happening and lifting the flaps to see what is underneath.

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Talking to your baby is so important! Research has shown that the amount of "play talk" that a child receives prior to 3 years of age predicts his intellectual accomplishments at age 9 and beyond. Play talk is responsive to the child, is imaginative and often silly, is open-ended, is encouraging, offers choices and asks questions. It is different from "business talk" which is directive, short and to the point. More than any other factor, the amount of play talk a young child is exposed to has the most impact on their language and intellectual development.

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