Baby Read-Aloud Basics is a book that should be in library of every every new parent. As a former first grade teacher I knew the importance of reading to infants and children and when my son was born I started reading to him from the very beginning. However, I often felt silly reading to this tiny baby, who was usually half asleep as I read. I found this book while perusing the shelves of Barnes and Noble one day and bought in on a whim. I'm so glad I did.
The authors, certified Reading Recovery teachers, have written an excellent handbook for reading to children, newborn to 24 months old. It is divided into 3 parts. The first part talks about the benefits of reading to your baby. The second is broken dowm into 6 read aloud stages. It discuss your baby's development, the things to look for in books, and has several book reviews for each stage. It also gives tips and instructions on reading aloud at each stage. The third part has more tips, frequently asked questions and other activities to enhance language development.
I found this book to be both informative and fun. It validated my beliefs about the importance of reading to babies and helped me to do better read alouds. I don't spend time using flash cards or others resources to teach my child and I'm not worried that he doesn't know his alphabet at 18 months. That isn't what this book is about. It's about how reading to babies can effect their language and furture learning and reading abilities, while also being a rewarding activity for both parent and child.