Baby reading with a Tidy Books Box Photo credit @themrsproject
There are books from your childhood that stay with you for the rest of your life. I can still remember my first experience of being read to as a child. It was at school, when I was five or six, and the book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instantly, I was hooked. To me, the idea that you could be transported somewhere different, where weird and wonderful things happened, was just extraordinary.
As a child, discovering books was like finding a portal to another dimension. As an adult, I’m still amazed that with a book you can travel the world, meet a whole host of people and characters and can travel backward or forwards in time. I’m such a book lover that I even named my son, Emile, after my favourite writer Emile Zola, while my daughter Adele was given the same name as the daughter of author Victor Hugo.
How do you help give your little one a reading habit for life? Here are some of my best tips:
1.Share stories with your baby in your lap
Lots of studies have shown that reading to babies, even before they can understand what you say, will improve their language and literacy skills, so sharing stories on your lap is the perfect way to do this. With lots of pointing and silly voices!
2. Crawlers and toddlers should explore books by themselves
Once your baby is crawling, having books within easy reach is key to them becoming independent readers. Children who can choose what they want to read, are more likely to love reading. When your baby thinks books are ‘hers’ she will love to explore them. What could be nicer than catching your baby leafing through a book ‘reading’?
3. Store books so your baby can easily see the covers of picture books
Babies and toddlers adore the covers of picture books; it entices them into a book. Store books with the covers facing outwards as the Tidy Books portable book box does. When your baby can get hold of her books, she’ll be bringing you one after the other to read to her.
4. Make it baby and toddler proof
Encouraging their independence doesn’t mean inviting danger! Choose book storage that has rounded corners and which can’t be tipped or toppled. Extra bonus points if you choose book storage that’s finished in safe and eco-friendly water lacquer.
Tidy Books Box is finished in safe and eco friendly water lacquer. Photo credit @misstiptop
5. Praise your budding bookworm to the skies
When your baby brings you a book from their own shelf, or sits down to browse a book, praise him and he’ll do it again and again. He’s growing in independence and building his own love of reading. And you’ll be ingraining a habit that will give your baby lifelong reading pleasure.
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Written by Geraldine Grandidier
Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile. She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids. Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.
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