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The fundamental message of Book Time With Your Baby is that sharing reading with infants and toddlers stimulates brain development, helps prepare children for reading, creates excitement about learning, encourages imagination - and can be both free and fun!
During the first three years of life, a child's brain will undergo its greatest growth and development. Talking with, holding and lovingly touching your child will help him or her become happier and more secure and will improve brain development.
The act of reading with a child says, "You're important, we're important together, and what we're doing is important."
There are three major components to the broad-based Book Time initiative:
Book Time With Your Baby is a cooperative effort of the Duluth Public Library, Duluth hospitals and other agencies serving young children and families. The project began in 1999 as a way to promote the Duluth Public Library and the Family Resource Centers as community resources for caregivers of the very young.
For more information, contact Judy Sheriff, Duluth Public Library Youth Services Manager (218-730-4211).
Babies from the YWCA Early Childhood Center enjoy the Library
|The goal of reading aloud is not to teach babies and toddlers to read...but to nurture an emotional bond between adult and child while providing a playful introduction to vocabulary, grammar, storystructure, art and concepts like color and shape. - Kathleen Odean, Book Oct/Nov 1998|
More Book Time information:
Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802