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Am I being too eager??? Lock Rss

My husband and I are both avid readers and really want to encourage our DD to enjoy reading as much as we do. She is only 12 weeks at the moment and I buy her a book every week when I go shopping. At the moment I tend to buy one's that are interactive, for example one with mirrors, textures, peek-a-boo etc. She seems to enjoy sitting with me looking at the books and particpating in "reading". But am I being to pushy?? I find this reading time a great opportunity to calm her down too.
The simple answer to your question is no, you are not being pushy.

Children’s brains begin to develop from the moment they emerge from the womb. Newborns respond to bright pictures, the rhythm of words and the comfort of a parent speaking to them. The foundations that determine how clever, creative and imaginative a child will be are already laid down by the time a child turns one. It’s incredible but true: at this age, most children have learnt all the sounds that make up the spoken language.

I recommend continuing to stimulate and nurture your child’s development through reading. A variety of books is also encouraged to expand their life experience and to keep the interest level up. The time you are dedicating to your child through books is a vital part of reading and one that demonstrates your interest and support.

The trick is to always ensure that reading is fun and never a lesson or work.


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Hi Rachel76,

My friends thought I was nuts reading to an 8 week old. But DD is two now (today actually) and adores books, can read a few words and will amuse herself for hours with books. I think we are fostering in our children a life skill.

Carly - mummy to Alyssa, Ava and Mason

You are being a star and your child is so lucky. Enjoy the many wonderful hours ahead.
The following are a list of my children's favourite "starter" books ( under 2s)
Miss Spider's New Car, by David Kirk
We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary Sit, by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary Showbusiness, by Lynley Dodd
Zachary Quack, by Lynley Dodd
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
Gossie, by Olivier Dunrea
Gossie and Gertie, by Olivier Dunrea
Ollie, by Olivier Dunrea
Ollie the Stomper, by Olivier Dunrea
Mr Brown Can Moo, Dr Suess
One Fish Two Fish, Dr Seuss
Maisy's Train, by Lucy Cousins
Maisy's Fire Engine, by Lucy Cousins
Maisy Likes Dancing, by Lucy Cousins
Maisy Likes Music, by Lucy Cousins
Horns to Toes and In Between, by Sandra Boynton
Blue Hat Green Hat, by Sandra Boynton
Hippos go Beserk, by Sandra Boynton
Ten in the Bed, by Penny Dale
Where is the Green Sheep, by Mem Fox

Once she is close to two( or just over) treat her to:
Olga the Bolga, by Rod Clement
Edwina The Emu, by Sheena Knowles
Edward the Emu, By Sheena Knowles
Possum Magic, by Mem Fox
A Particular Cow, by Mem Fox(new this year)
The Cooked House, by Margaret Wild
The Midnight Gang, by Margaret Wild
The Midnight Feast, by Margaret Wild
Too Loud Lily, by Sofie Laguna

When Over Three:
Olivia, by Ian Falconer
Milly Jack and the Dancing Cat, by Stephen Michael King
A Proper Little Lady, by Nette Hilton
The Journey Home, by Alison Lester
The Magic Beach, by Alison Lester
Sleepy Bears, by Mem Fox

The choice then gets better and better! Enjoy the wonderful world of children's fiction together, there are so many wonderful authors and illustrators today. I know you'll have a great time.


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