Books for Babies
The Community Library
What are the appropriate grade levels:
K through 12
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This project will educate students about the benefits of reading to infants. Librarians will visit classrooms to discuss the long-term benefits of reading to infants and students will have the opportunity to help choose books for each new baby born in the Wood River Valley.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recently made an official recommendation that children be read to starting at birth. According to the AAP, “Reading aloud with young children is one of the most effective ways to expose them to enriched language and to encourage specific early literacy skills needed to promote school readiness.” This WOW project takes these guidelines to heart by encouraging new parents to make books a daily part of their child’s life from the very beginning.
Children’s Librarians will visit classrooms to educate students about the benefits of reading to infants and the importance of making books available to all families. In addition, students will be an active part of the process, choosing books and assembling gift bags with information about early literacy and free library services. When the project is complete students will make a presentation to hospital staff.