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Talk - Babies

  • When you share a book with your baby and talk about the pictures, pause to give your baby time to babble back. It may take a while for your baby to respond. Being able to retell stories, narrative skills begin with babbling!
  • Young children like to examine objects. Talking about how the object feels, its colors, how heavy it is, sounds it makes and what it does all help children later when they try to match or sort items.
  • Children love being able to identify animals and to imitate the sounds they make. Even babies who are not talking yet can make a cow sound: Mmmmmmmmmooooo. Check out board books or sound recordings from the library on animals.


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Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela.  2006. Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library:  Partnering with Caregivers for Success. Chicago:  American Library Association.

Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni & Martin-Diaz, Pamela. 2013. Story times for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy.  Chicago:  American Library Association.

Every Child Ready to Read, Second Edition.  American Library Services to Children & Public Library Association

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