Loving interaction and communicating with your baby is natural. Did you know that by playing, reading, and talking with your baby you are building a strong foundation for life long learning?

  • Babies love to look, touch, taste, smell, and listen
  • Babies listen to voices and other sounds
  • Babies smile and mimic adult expressions
  • Babies make sounds
  • Babies love to touch books, look at pictures, and put books in their mouth

Reading and Activities

  • Read aloud to your baby
  • Point to the pictures in the book and name them
  • Play "peek-a-boo" and "pat-a-cake"
  • Recite nursery rhymes or other rhymes that you enjoy
  • Attend a Storytime

Try This:

Hold your baby in your lap. Open a board book and slowly turn the pages. When your baby taps the pages or notices the picture, give verbal encouragement. For example, you might say "Yes! That is a kitten." As you enjoy the book together, keep talking and encouraging your baby's interest in the book.

Book Suggestions


Books for parents to start reading to their babies on day one.

Visit the library often and be sure to ask your librarian for more suggestions.

To read more about early literacy and infants: