Language Development: The Best Gift for Baby
Books can shape lives. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Reading to Children from birth, as young as two weeks old. According to the Academy, reading to infants is the best way to foster brain development. If money wasn’t an issue, I would start and operate a Books for Babies program.
Every newborn baby would receive a box of board books and picture books tied with a bowl. There would be a dozen books in the box, one for each month of the year. The box would also contain a baby blanket and information sheet for parents on the benefits of reading aloud to infants.
The best gift we can give a baby is the gift of brain development. Small as it seems, receiving a box of books can shape a baby’s life and, in some instances, change a life. From infancy, the baby hears parents’ voices, sees stimulating pictures, and is physically close to parents. Reading to a baby can become a regular snuggle time.
Books for Babies could lead to global literacy—extensive vocabularies, new and challenging ideas, development of critical thinking, and useful communication skills. Years from now, we may look back and see that Books for Babies is a gift for the whole world.
~RWISA Author, Harriet Hodgson
Thank you for dropping by today’s RWISA “RISE-UP” stop. We hope that the message contained here has moved you in some way to RISE UP and do something; one small change could impact the life of another without you even knowing it. Don’t just sit around talking about the problem, be part of the solution. It doesn’t take much when you decide that you are going to RISE UP!
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