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As many of you have heard, a new little prince was born on July 22nd! We thought we'd celebrate with a fun giveaway from the awesome Barefoot Books. Follow the simple instructions below to enter to win one of three copies of The Prince's Bedtime to read to your own little prince or princess! We'll be drawing winners on Friday at 3pm PT.
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Making Storytime with Baby Magical and Memorable: Tips for Families from Barefoot Books
Storytime offers a perfect opportunity for family bonding at its best, while helping babies develop essential early literacy and cognitive skills, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some fun and simple ways parents and caregivers can make storytimes with their baby a magical part of the day, everyday:
When you read to your baby, even when they are a newborn, you are fostering in them a lifetime love of books and learning, and are helping to spark their imaginations and sense of wonder. You can begin storytime with your baby even when they are just a few weeks old. Babies love to be held close, look at your face and hear your voice, and that is exactly what storytime is about.
Choose a quiet, comfortable spot for storytime with your baby. It may be holding your baby on a cozy rocking chair, on the floor with large pillows, or outdoors in warm months lying on a blanket together.
Reading time doesn’t have to be at bedtime. Consider other times of the day when you can read together. Some families enjoy reading with their children early in the morning as a special way to start the day, or during bath time when your baby is sitting safely in the tub and you are sitting close by.
Show your baby the pictures. Babies love colourful pictures and enjoy them even more when you point out the different colors, shapes, animals, expressions, and other details and talk with your baby about the story. “What color is the kangaroo? Do you see the girl smiling? Why do you think she is happy?” Even if your baby is not old enough to answer, having these “conversations” is an important way to develop their early cognitive and social skills.
Be creative! Storytime is a time to let true personalities shine! Using different voices for each character, or acting out parts of the story can make storytime even more memorable and enjoyable for you and your baby. Have some fun with it and your baby will too. Get on your hands and knees and bark like a puppy, hop like a bird, or sing the story, and soon enough, you will find your baby laughing and trying to imitate what you do. This is how they learn about the world in fun ways.
Take pictures! There is nothing sweeter than pictures of family members snuggled up listening to stories together. You can use these pictures to illustrate the passage of time as family members grow, their taste in books evolve, the books become longer as the children grow older, etc.
Keep a storytime journal: Write down the book or story shared, the date, and your baby’s reactions. The journal will become a beautiful memory piece as time goes by.
We hope you find these tips useful as you discover your own ways to bond with your baby through storytimes. Let us know how you share stories with your baby by dropping us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more ideas and activities at www.barefootbooks.com.
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