Reach Out and Read's Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy
- holds head steady
- sits in lap without support
- grasps book, puts in mouth
- drops, throws book
- smiles, babbles, coos
- likes and wants your voice
- responds to own name
- pats picture to show interest
Reach Out and Read's Reading Tips for Parents:
- Babies love your voice: sing, talk, and read aloud as often as possible
- As you observe the baby looking at pictures: She's really looking, moving her arms with excitement, and talking. Babies love picture books and books with rhymes
- You're teaching your baby that sitting on your lap and being read to feels good and that books are enjoyable
- It's okay if your child eats the book! This is how babies explore and learn about their world
- read and speak in your first language
- talk back and forth with your baby and make eye contact
- point at and name things: ball, dog, baby
- follow baby's cues for "more" or "stop"
- cuddle, sing, talk, play read
- board and cloth books
- books with baby faces
- nursery rhymes
- books with pictures of familiar objects like balls and bottles
- small books for small hands
- brightly colored books to touch and taste
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