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Babies Are…

Author: DK Publishing

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ISBN: 9781465405890

Publisher: DK

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2013 - 2014

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Babies, Feelings

Book Acticity

Each page turn of this board book introduces us to a new baby face and a new thing that "babies are...". Watch your baby explore the faces, emotions, and activities of their fellow little ones.

Age Group 4 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Beginning to swipe at books
  • ‘Helping’ turn pages by batting at the book
  • Laughing and making more sounds including back and forth ‘conversations’

Your baby is much more aware of the world around them now. They can turn their head toward sounds and smile or frown in response to things they hear. They’re also working to have control of their arms and hands. They may reach toward a book as you read it and try to grab it themselves. Making sure books are always within reach can help them with this. Continue to read to them and start to gently guide their hand to pat the pictures as you talk about what’s on the pages. Making reading time interactive will be thrilling for them!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 4-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!

Why did we select this book?

Babies love to look at other babies' faces! We try to always include a book featuring close-ups of baby's faces in the collection. As your baby's vision expands, so will their interest in other faces, especially those of other infants and toddlers. Books with babies faces allow them to explore the diversity of faces. With a book like this one, your baby can also start to make the link between the emotion on the face and the activity or emotion you are reading on the page.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

This book offers so many ways for you to make connections with your baby! Try holding your baby on your lap and pointing out the baby’s eyes, nose, or mouth and then showing your baby those features on their own face. You can do this by gentle touch and/or with a mirror. As your baby is getting stronger, think about placing the book on the floor for Tummy Time and looking at the pages together. This will make a strong connection for your child about the things that all faces share. You can also talk about the emotions on the faces. Can you connect one of those actions or emotions on the page to something your baby has felt? Do they get sleepy like the baby in the picture? Your child will not fully understand what you’re saying, but by making the connections between the pictures, the words, and your child’s life, you are building an excellent framework for healthy brain development.


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