Reach Out and Read's Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy
- holds and walks with book
- no longer puts book in mouth right away
- turns board book pages
- says single words, then 2-4 word phrases
- gives book to adult to read
- point at pictures
- turns book right side up
- names pictures
- follows simple stories
Reach Out and Read's Reading Tips for Parents:
- smile and answer when your child speaks or points
- let you child help turn the pages; keep naming things
- use books in family routines: naptime, bedtime, playtime, on the potty, in the car or bus
- use books to calm or distract your child while waiting
- If you ask, "What's that?", and then name the picture, your baby will learn the names for things.
- Once babies start to walk, holding them on your lap can be a struggle. Some children will want to move around during a story. That's OK.
- Read stories every day, but let your child be in charge of how long you read.
- When your child grabs the book, she is showing a healthy drive for independence. She's not being bad.
- sturdy board books they can handle and carry
- rhyming books
- picture books with pictures of children doing familiar things -- sleeping, eating, playing
- goodnight books for bedtime
- books about saying hello and goodbye
- books with only a few words on the page
- books that name things
- books with simple rhymes or predictable text
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