Read to Your Baby - It's Not Only Babytalk!
Reading to babies sparks their brain development and creativity. It helps them succeed later when they enter school. And, it's a fun and unique bonding opportunity for parents and their babies.
Thanks to research over the last decade, we now know a lot about how babies grow and develop their early language and literacy skills. Here are some of the facts:
- Babies begin to learn language from birth. Reading aloud exposes children to the sounds of human speech.
- By the age of two, children understand between 300-500 words and can speak about 50-200 words. Children who are spoken to and read to frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into better readers.
- Sharing books with your baby lays the foundation for learning to read.
Learn more about BPL's award-winning early literacy campaign Brooklyn Reads to Babies...
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