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My First Baby Animals

Author: DK Publishing

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ISBN: 9780756689889

Publisher: DK

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2013 - 2014

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Word Books Animals Babies

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Explore these fun-filled, colorful pages featuring baby animals, imaginative photographic designs, simple word labels, and stimulating questions that will keep toddlers interested and enthusiastic about the world around them.

Age Group 12 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Looking at pictures and begin to name familiar items like dog, cup, and baby
  • Answering questions about what they see in books
  • Recognizing the covers of favorite books
  • Beginning to recognize when a book is upside down

All of a sudden, your baby doesn’t seem like a baby anymore! This is an amazing time for your little one as they’re very aware of the world around them. Even though they’re not saying them yet, your baby is already learning words. A wonderful way to learn new words is by pointing out pictures in favorite books and talking about each thing on the page. They’re also learning about how books work so having them hand you a book can give you a chance to talk about how you hold it. Letting your baby turn the pages gives you an opportunity to praise their own efforts at handling a book.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 12-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!

Why did we select this book?

As you child starts to be more aware of the world around them and more aware that words are connected to things they see in the world, they may want to hear the names of things. This is an informational book. Your child needs many different types of books (stories, poetry, informational, etc.) to learn how these books each have different characteristics. This beginner informational book helps your child (and you!) learn about the world around them. Building knowledge about the world is important for vocabulary development as well as for promoting their understanding of what they read by themselves later.

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Related Activities

Your child may want to point to each animal on these pages and have you tell them what the animal’s name is. Take them further into the book by making connections between the animals on the page. What do all the baby birds have in common? They all have feathers and bills or beaks instead of noses. Make connections to your child’s world by pointing out birds outside your window.

You can also compare the animals in the book to your child. For example, point out that the baby giraffe has four legs (1-2-3-4) and ask your child how many legs he has (1-2). This book has endless ways to explore the animal world over the coming years.


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