7 Must-Have Baby Books for Girls

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If there’s going to be a new little girl in your life, baby books for girls are the ideal gift! Reading to children should begin at birth to instill a love of books and to help infants and children develop vocabulary skills.

The books you read to baby will draw smiles, giggles, and maybe even a few claps, pats, and gleeful bounces. And the best baby books for girls encourage her natural exploratory instincts as well as allowing her to be introduced to new characters, words, shapes, and colors.

Books should engage her curiosity, delight her, and make mom and dad happy, too! But baby books for girls go beyond cute, cuddly, and colorful and expand into interactive masterpieces to help her utilize all her senses.

Looking for a few good baby books for girls? Check out these fantastic titles!

1.    Baby Faces by Amy Pixton and Kate Merritt.

She will love looking at all the fun faces of these cutely drawn babies! Parents can imitate the expressions and encourage baby to imitate them, too! The best part of this book, though, is that she can chew on it without worry—Baby Faces is one of the titles in the Indestructible book lines. The board books are durable and, yes, nontoxic and washable.

2.    Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

This is a must-have book for all babies! Pat the Bunny encourages babies to touch and pet the cute white bunny. She will love exploring the furry textures and the adorable bunny found on every page!

3.    Touch and Feel Trucks by DK

Little girls shouldn’t be limited to pink and princesses, and this touch and feel book features awesome trucks that girls and boys might see every day. The textures are unique and encourage her to explore every page. She can even spin the cement mixer!

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4.    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This cute little caterpillar is also a baby book staple! Eric Carle’s illustrations are bright, bold, and oh so happy! She will love watching the little caterpillar eat through fruit, cake, and much more. Help her learn colors and numbers as you work through the book…and then watch as the little caterpillar turns into a bright beautiful butterfly!

5.    Any Personalized Books

A personalized book makes her a character in the story. She will love hearing her name and seeing her little face as you read through a personalized adventure. And with KD Novelties, they can go on adventures with characters from Sesame Street, Pocahontas, and even Scooby Doo and Garfield.

6.    Spots and Dots (Art Baby) by Chez Picthall

This book will draw her attention with high contrast images, as the book was created for babies aged 6 weeks to 6 months and is artistically designed to engage her visually. While wordless, the pictures have a way of speaking for themselves!

7.    Pop Art Baby by Mudpuppy and Keith Haring

Bold, colorful pop art designs are combined with words that are translated into four languages: English, French, Spanish, and German. Teach her about colors and other languages as she also explores all the bright and happy art.

Use books to help her explore the world and her senses. Baby books for girls should capture their imagination and provide a means to delight their natural curiosity. Introduce her mind to bold artwork, sweet images, interactive textures, and even personalized storylines. Books are a baby’s first glimpse at the wonder and possibilities all around them, so give the gift of a book today!

5 Tips For Helping Kids Learn Language Through Reading

If you’re here you probably know by now that reading to your child and encouraging an early love of reading can set up them up for success later in life. Reading can help kids build crucial critical thinking skills, become more active and successful in social environments, and help them develop an early and more advanced understanding of language.

Reading to your child is nearly as important as just speaking to your child and engaging in daily interaction — it helps them begin to learn the sounds and shapes of letters and words, as well as get used to more complex aspects of language, such as sentence structure and vocabulary. And once your child is old enough to read, they can begin to develop their own language skills alongside you.

Here are 5 tricks to help your kids learn language through reading.

1- Read Stories Aloud to Them

Reading aloud to your child is the first crucial step in helping them develop. By regularly sharing stories with them, you will help them build their own language skills — from learning to recognize words and letters to how to sound out language own their own. When children listen to you read, they reinforce the sounds that are the basic building blocks of language. It will also help them learn more vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and essential communication skills.

2- Have Them Read Aloud to You

Once your child is old enough to begin to read themselves, have them read books aloud to you. It will help them with the more challenging aspects of language development. Reading aloud is a great way to learn to sound out words and recognize new vocabulary you’ve never encountered before. It also helps build crucial communication skills by allowing your child to develop speech patterns and recognize sentence structure as they work to process spelling, punctuation, phonetics, and more.

3- Have Them Describe Pictures to You

If your child is too young to read a book aloud to you, you can still help them develop their language skills by encouraging pretend reading, when a child pages through a book without actually reading it. It’s a sign of pre-literacy and shows that they’re beginning to grasp modes of language and reading/writing. Once they have a bit of a grasp on language, have them describe the pictures in a book to you.

By describing the story through what they see, they’re learning to think critically about the world they encounter and translate it into words, language, and a comprehensible story format. They will be better poised to sound out words and develop reading skills if they’re already shaping language skills through identifying storytelling via images.

4- Discuss the Story After

An essential part of reading to your child is not only reading to them, but discussing the storytelling with them after. Ask them to recount the story to you or to discuss specific scenarios. Probe their understanding of what they read, and help them understand cause and effect, logical reasoning, and critical thinking through discussing the events of the books you read.

Even if it’s a simple picture book, asking your child to explain relationships between characters or why the protagonist makes a certain choice or what happens when they make that choice will help them develop key language skills. It will also form the basis for communication and thinking patterns that are essential in all modes of formal education.

5-  Have them Relate the Story to Their Own Lives

Lastly, when you’re reading to your child, explain to them or have them tell you how a story and its circumstances relates to their own lives. For one, they can find a familiarity of experience in books that will help ease their mind if they’re feeling anxious or alone in certain circumstances. It will also help teach them empathy, as they learn to draw parallels between their lives and the stories of others. Lastly, it will help them build key emotional language skills — if they must relate to and describe the emotional circumstances of fictional characters, then they will learn how to express their own emotions and feelings using words and language as well. It helps them learn healthy habits about expressing themselves from a young age. And if you really want to help them relate to the story, consider buying a personalized book that features them as the main character!

Reading is an essential part of developing your child’s language skills, so use these 5 tips to help them thrive.

5 Ways To Get Your Child to Read Over Summer

Reading Over Summer

Summer is upon us and the kids are home from school. Whether they’re staying at home or shipping off to camp, there are still plenty of opportunities for them to practice their reading skills! School may be over, but reading is something that we use every day, no matter what we are doing, so helping kids practice their reading is an important part of preparing them for the rest of their lives.

Why Reading is Important

Whether reading a recipe, playing a game, or driving around on errands, reading is a skill we always use. A person who can’t read suffers serious setbacks to their lives, personally and professionally. Instructions and cautions are often written out, so reading that affects public and private safety as well.

However, it is not always easy to get kids to read. Some kids struggle while others are flat-out resistant. Some kids enjoy reading in certain contexts, and others enjoy reading things we don’t think of as books. No matter what kind of reader you have, there are lots of ways to get any child reading. Here are five suggestions to help even the most resistant reader have fun with reading!

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1 Let Your Child Choose

Kids know what they like, and even if we don’t like it, we should give them the reins when it comes to choosing what to read. Anything that encourages kids to read is a useful tool (within limits – don’t give them Fifty Shades of Grey!). The best way to get a child to read is to ensure that they are engaged in the material, which will only happen if they like it. Making them a part of choosing what to read is a great way to ensure they read it. Even gross stories should be considered if they encourage reading, as well as other sources of reading materials. If your child has already read the book, that’s okay too! Even adults read favorite books over again, and revisiting beloved characters is almost like revisiting old friends.

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2 There Are More Than Just Books!

From comics to video games to magazines, there are many ways to read that don’t necessarily involve books.

  • Short stories and articles can provide invaluable assistance without committing a child to a whole book. An article about a sports hero or something they enjoy (dinosaurs, astronomy, music, and movies are examples that provide possibilities) will be treated with more interest than school work. Short stories are great because they are self-contained, and the “short” length provides a resolution in one sitting.
  • Comics and graphic novels are not only good for reluctant readers, but also for early readers, and the bold colors are attractive to all kids. Many familiar characters originated from or were adapted to comic books, so finding titles your kids will enjoy should be very easy.
  • Subtitled movies and shows provide a reading resource that is not often considered. Japanese anime (cartoons) and manga (comic books) are very popular and have a fan base that spans many generations. While popular titles of anime have versions in English, many of them can be found in subtitled form as well, and like American comics, most of the anime series are either based on manga or are adapted as manga. Foreign movies from any country can be enjoyed, sneaking in the reading in a fun way.
  • Video games provide endless possibilities. Some games require reading to get through the plot, particularly role-playing games (RPGs), which also hone critical thinking and decision making skills. Numerous games have resources such as strategy manuals, tips, guides, and even entire websites dedicated to playing the game better.
  • Board games that require reading can also provide opportunities for your child to practice.

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3 Read Together

James Patterson is not just selling books when he advises us in this CNN editorial to read ourselves. Children see what we do and often imitate us, so reading books around your children reinforces their own reading.

Reading together, by reading to them, allowing them to read to you, or taking turns page by page or chapter by chapter, gives plenty of opportunities not only to show the value of reading by example, but also to talk about the things you read. Older readers may still enjoy being read to, but if they don’t, reading the same book at the same time together can allow for some great bonding memories.

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4 Personalized Books

One excellent way to get a child’s attention is through the use of his or her name. Personalized books engage your child by making them a character integral to the plot. This way, the child is in the story as a participant. The child will want to read this over and over again because they are the star of the show! Whether the characters are from comics, Disney, Dora the Explorer, or your own creations, your child will love being a part of the story, and will want to read it over and over again. Plus, it makes a great keepsake when they get older!

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5 Create a Reward System

A reward system can be beneficial to both the most avid readers and the most staunch avoiders. Some parents reward their children with decreased chores while others will give gifts or outings. If the book is based on a movie, especially one that will be available in a theater when the child finishes the book, that can serve as major incentive. The same thinking can be applied to television – every minute or page of reading equals one minute of television.

Even disguising a reward system as a game, like a scavenger hunt or a reading challenge, can be encouraging and exciting for kids. A reward system also gives plenty of opportunity to praise the child, which will encourage them even more. Studies show children are more likely to repeat behaviors which earn them praise – and this works for children of all ages, including adult ones!

Whether hanging out at the local library or participating in events at area book stores, there are lots of opportunities to find books and other reading that your kids will be excited about. Employing the right strategies can ensure your kids practice reading even while school is out. Summer is fun, and a great time to highlight how fun reading can be!