All About Books There are so many benefits for both parent/carer and child when the simple act of sharing a book together takes place… Communication development Learning to wait, turn-take and developing attention to task Eye contact and tracking of gaze Parent/child bonding and relationship building It’s such a simple activity that can be such a lot of fun! Renowned children’s book author Mem Fox encourages ‘5 minutes a day’ to promote a love of reading and engagement for a child. From newborn babies, young children, even when developing on their journey in utero, sharing a book is an activity that can slot easily into any routine across the day!! WHAT TO LOOK FOR in a BOOK? Board books Bath books Touch and Feel books Cloth books Peek - a - boo books High Contrast books Board books Lift the flap books Stroller / Pram books Finger puppet books any of the books listed above for bubs! FEATURES and BENEFITS of these types of Books… Safe (Babies/Toddlers often love to mouth things) Durable (the thick cardboard pages, or spongey plastic pages can often be wiped over easily if something spills Easy (for little hands to touch, and, when old enough, reach, grasp and try to turn the pages) Size (smaller than an average paper book and can easily be popped into a nappy/shoulder bag when heading out) Top 5 TIPS - FOR CHOOSING A GREAT BOOK!! REPETITION - of text (sounds/words/phrases) RHYME – words that sound the same FUN storyline CLEAR IMAGES – faces, animals, shapes HIGH CONTRAST – colours KEEP an EYE OUT for OUR FOLLOW-UP BLOGS > ‘BOOK TITLES For BUBS and TOTS’.