from the beginning
Baby! Congratulations New Parent!
Every parent gives his or her child the gift of life. Sharing books with your child is also a gift you as a parent can give. You are your child's first and most important teacher. It's up to you to start your baby on the way to understanding words. When you talk, sing, listen and read to your baby, you are teaching very important skills. Your baby is starting to learn from you right now.
This booklet has ideas for the kinds of things you can do with your child during the early stages of growing. It contains a small list of the many books you may share together and some books which can help you as a parent.
This is just a beginning. Your local library is full of many other fine books and materials, as well as special programs just for you and your baby.
Reciting nursery rhymes is a wonderful way to introduce your baby to new words.
Find this and more Mother Goose rhymes in My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie.
May your wishes
for your baby come true! Reading to your child is one of the best things
you can do to help fulfill your dreams for your child's future.
Funding for this project was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to The New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services with the assistance of the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Last updated 1/12/10