Books for Babies and Young Patients
What are the appropriate grade levels?
Kindergarten through 12
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Children begin to be readers from the moment they are born. When done early and snuggled up to a caregiver, reading can become a lifelong habit that builds literacy skills and empathy for others. Be part of giving children their very first book, and help them become lifelong readers and learners.
A hospital stay can be frightening to a young patient. Help young patients be more at ease by providing a care bag with a new picture book, some coloring pages and crayons, and a comfort object for their stay.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that children are 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 that are 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.
As part of this Books for Babies project, one of our children’s librarians will visit your 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 this process by assembling gift bags with information about early literacy and free library services. Students may also make a personalized note for the new baby and its family.
The hospital is also in need of care bags for young patients. These will include a new picture book, coloring pages and crayons, and a comfort object. Students will have the opportunity to assemble care bags of these items when librarians visit their classroom. Students may also make a card or a note for the young patient which could help ease the patient’s anxiety during a hospital stay. Patients will also have a new book to take home and read.
Teachers and students may choose to assemble either books for babies gift bags or care bags for young patients.
*Teachers may have the opportunity to arrange with St. Lukes hospital for students to present the gift bags to hospital staff.