Reading with Babies: ACM Book Drive Continues

20 04 2011

Olivia is one of our favorites! Wed love a copy of "Olivias Opposites" for our library!

Here at the Austin Children’s Museum, we’re in the middle of our April Book Drive. We’ve received some generous donations already – thanks to everyone who has come in to the Museum and brought a book and all those who have donated money to the cause. Check out our book wish list and our first post about the Book Drive to find out more about how you can participate.

Since the focus of this book drive is the Museum’s Early Childhood Library, we wanted to post about reading with babies and toddlers. Reading aloud to babies and toddlers does a lot for their development. According to, reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them

Reading is also a great way to bond with your baby – starting a reading routine is a great habit that can continue long into a kid’s childhood.

Classics like "Corduroy" would be great additions to the Early Childhood Library.

When we do story time for early learners here at the Museum, we look for simple books that have nice pictures. Books that have repetitive structure, words and sounds are particularly fun.

For big groups of kids, we look for books that have interactive elements. For example, in a book about farm animals, the reader can ask “What sound does a duck make?” and everyone can chime in with their best “Quack, quack, quack!”.

What are your favorite books to read with babies and toddlers? What are your best tips and advice for engaging story times?

Don’t forget to bring your little readers the Museum during Baby Bloomers on Mondays and Cub Club on Saturdays and participate in the book drive!




4 responses

25 04 2011

I would also agree with your book suggestion. I’ve learned that it’s best for early readers. I also have my own list here, Thanks for your post!

27 04 2011

This is an amazing idea! Best of luck and I will be bringing in some books soon!

29 04 2011

This Saturday the 30th is the last day of free Cub Club admission when you bring your books! Please come join us tomorrw as we dig in the dirt, read stories and sing!

8 07 2011
janelle benson

this a great program for the little readers.. i believe that reading and learning at an early ages is very helpful for developing child’s capabilities. Thank you for sharing this post, Janelle.

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