Observe the child when books are nearby on the floor or low shelf. Watch the adult and child reading several books.
The adult can point to the books and then hold a book up for the child to see. Ask the infant to look at certain pictures as they are named and pointed to. “See the doggie.” When the book is finished ask, “More books?”
The infant shows interest in the books by reaching for them.
Early childhood educators and parents can play an important role in literacy development by encouraging the love of books. Encourage adults to read many simple board books to the child. It is an opportunity to help the infant develop vocabulary illustrated in the books, relate the vocabulary to what he knows, and increase attention span. Explain that wanting the same book to be read again is a positive sign that the child is beginning to recognize certain enjoyable aspects of the book.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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