Everyone knows Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, right? But have you seen the Indestructibles edition? If you know anything about how babies approach books, you’ll be super impressed. First because of how its made. Thin Tyvek-like pages allow babies to grasp, crumple, and turn pages without tearing. And to droll and chew on the pages without damaging the book. Then by the engaging, modern graphics. Vivid, well-defined pictures encourage natural conversation between parent and baby. Additionally recognizing pictures builds vocabulary and encourages storytelling that becomes more complex as babies develop language.
Traditional nursery rhymes and songs delight little ones, build memories, and serve as conversation starters. Granted, in the beginning conversations with babies are one speaker, one listener. Talk on nonetheless. Think about how important that is in creating emotional ties.The sound of your voice is one way the baby recognize you. In that way, reading together reenforces attachments. That’s reason enough to read to a baby.
When reading Twinkle, Twinkle, Light Star, talk about the pictures. Point to the picture of the rocket ship blasting off into the sky. Wonder aloud where the sheep and chicken are headed. Could be to the moon. Now we all know no chickens or sheep have walked on the moon. But a person has. Share that story. Ask questions. What does baby mouse see when looking out the window at the night sky? What have you seen when looking up at the night sky? Ever see a shooting star? a blue moon? Or experienced a lunar eclipse? Tell the baby about that. Books are springboards for sharing our experiences and memories Posing questions. Putting forth ideas. Sharing memories. All enrich the storytelling experience. Later as baby gains language skills, your monologues will become delightful conversations. Nontoxic. Safety-tested. Meets or exceeds CPSIA guidelines. Machine washable.