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Baby’s Very First Little Black & White Little Library

Author: Stella Baggott

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ISBN: 9780794532413

Publisher: Usborne

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2013 - 2014

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Babies, Word Book

Book Acticity

Four miniature books featuring black and white illustrations with color highlights present the words for animals, emotions, parts of the face, and other familiar sights in an infant's world.

Age Group Newborn

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Recognizing familiar voices
  • Gazing at high contrast pictures
  • Looking at faces

Your little one is just getting used to the world around them. That includes getting to know YOU in a new way! Up until now, your baby has only heard your voice. Your voice is the most important thing in their world right now. Singing and talking to them as you soothe them reinforces that connection. Reading simple books, even though they don’t understand them, gives you another way of sharing your connection. As their vision develops, they will be increasingly drawn to faces. When you talk with them, putting your face within 12 inches of theirs will help them connect your face to the sound that they already love!

Why did we select this book?

We often select word books like the ones in this set because they offer an introduction to the things your child will discover in everyday life, in conversations, and in other books as she grows. The books' illustrations are in simple black and white (with small spots of color) to help your infant's developing eyes see the images more clearly.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

The sturdiness of these books means you can bring them with you wherever you go and leave them out for your baby anywhere. Pull them out anytime you have opportunities for lap time with your baby. The goal is not to teach your child all the words or objects on the pages. The book simply gives you an excuse to talk about what is on the page. For example, you might point to the bus and talk about the bus you saw on the road. You might point to the picture of the child touching his nose and touch your own child’s nose. Your baby may not understand all the things you are saying, but your little one is hearing the best sound in the world to them–your voice. As you explore these pages, they are being exposed to many new words–a great activity for a young, growing brain.


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