Read Aloud Books That Build Baby’s Vocabulary

Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

The home is the child’s first school,

the parent is the child’s first teacher,

and reading is the child’s first subject.

- Former First Lady Barbara Bush

One of the most fascinating aspects of childhood is language development.  It is almost miraculous to watch a child eyes light up as he discovers that words have meanings and that he can make sounds that can be used to communicate.

Every child has their own timetable for talking and later for reading.  But, there are natural things that we can do that encourage this development.  These activities not only build language but also build relationships.  Reading with children is a warm, shared experience that draws parent (grandparent) and child closer together.

Do you have any toddlers in your family?   Books that rhyme are a big help to language development.  Little ones are fascinated by the sounds of words and soon are able to hear  the pattern and begin to mimic.  Most children’s rhyming books have little stories about daily events such as eating breakfast, gretting dressed, playing with friends, taking a bath and improve their vocabulary for these daily routines.

There is nothing like a few sessions with Mother Goose to build a child’s vocabulary with silly stories.  Before long, they can identify their favorite poem and point it out to you so that you can read it again and again. Reading the same poem again and again is a great way to encourage brain and language development.

If I had to invest in just a couple of books for this age group there are three I would look for.   Mother Goose by Kate Greenway is lovely.  The pictures are  a little sophisticated for the youngest children, but it would be a book they would enjoy for years. The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright is a good choice as well. Good For You: Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times by Stephanie Calmeneson has delightful rhymes about a toddler’s life.


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