Author: Kristine O'Connell | Illustrator: Maggie Smith

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ISBN: 9780547154091

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2012 - 2013

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Books & Reading

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Book Acticity

Books can be for silly times or quiet, for reading alone or sharing but always to enjoy. A small child discovers their magic for the very first time in this exuberant ode to book appreciation. Brightly colored illustrations are a perfect match for the spare, rhyming text, and thick pages with rounded corners make this a special first book for baby.

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?

Each of the bright pages of this book shows how your child might grow to love books if they are introduced to them as an infant and read to every day of their childhood. The child in the book carries books with him, shows them to his friends, and, most importantly, brings them to his mother for reading aloud. He will be ready to learn when he begins school and has already helped his younger sibling by sharing his books with her.

Book Acticity
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This is a book for both you and your child. You might look through it and imagine a time when your infant will be a toddler dragging books around the house with them. How will you get to that point where they love books so much? By reading to them as an infant and throughout all their developing months. While they may not know what you are saying now or what is shown in the pictures, you are introducing them to the rich words, sounds, colors, images, and experiences that come from books. Each time you share a book together helps their brain grow healthy and strong.


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