What to read to build a baby brain


  • August 20, 2021
  • /   Shannon Nickinson
  • /   for-parents
children's books
Who loves a good book more than we do? Maybe the folks at the West Florida Public Libraries. Stevie Thomas and the team at WFPL shared some advice for ways to build talk into everyday life. 

Label the items in your house and practice saying the words together. Repetition is important when your child is learning to read, and visuals help your child retain information. Try this favorite title from your local librarians when you read with your child! "There Was an Old Astronaut Who Swallowed the Moon!" by Lucille Colandro.

Talk with your child no matter their age. The more words they hear as a baby and toddler, the more prepared they will be for school! Try this favorite title from your local librarians when you read with your child! "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.

Catchy rhymes don't just help adults remember things. Adding rhythm and rhyme to story time and in everyday interactions with your child will help them remember new, fun words, too. Try this favorite title from your local librarians when you read with your child! "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.

Sort toys, clothes, and other items by color and shape. Literacy isn't just about words. It's about concepts like shape and color, too. Try this favorite title from your local librarians when you read with your child! "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister.