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Caroline J. Blakemore and Barbara Weston Ramirez

About the Book

Fun and Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One
Discover the World of Words
by Reading Recovery Specialists
Caroline J. Blakemore and Barbara Weston Ramirez
Published by Amacom Books
(ISBN 0-8144-7358-X, 246 pages, softcover, $15.00)
Available through this site or directly from Amacom Books
Author's Web Site: Read To Your Baby (readtoyourbaby.com)

~ Winner of the iParenting Media Award ~

"This is a groundbreaking book by Blakemore and Ramirez... If any book were to have all the answers for discovering language with your little one, this would be it; highly recommended for all public libraries."
-- Library Journal (starred review)

"If I were in charge of American parents, my first law would be that all new parents had to read (or listen to) this book. It's not only soundly researched, but also filled with practical strategies that any parent can use."
-- Jim Trelease, author of the million-copy bestseller,
The Read-Aloud Handbook

Introducing your child to a lifelong love of reading can be as easy as A-B-C... if you know the right techniques.

Decades of research have proven the value of reading aloud to children, and the years between birth and age two are arguably the most crucial for language development. As a parent, it's important that you help your baby acquire the foundation they need to speak earlier, read on their own sooner, and benefit from an increased vocabulary and attention span.

Baby Read-Aloud Basics shows you how to establish an effective daily read-aloud routine to take charge of your baby's future understanding and success. Organized around the six stages of early language development from birth to age two, the book provides simple but effective techniques to help you:

  • Make reading aloud an interactive experience -- from intonation and speech patterns to gesture.
  • Select what to read aloud by looking at how much the text of the book repeats, whether it rhymes, and the types of interactive elements it incorporates.
  • Know when to read and how often in order to create a reading routine that's both enjoyable and effective.
  • Ensure your baby gets the right amount of language from a nanny or a caretaker.
  • Effectively incorporate reading in a bilingual home.

Filled with step-by-step instructions, scripted demonstrations, and an extensive list of recommended titles, Baby Read-Aloud Basics gives you all the guidance and information you need to instill a lifelong love of reading and learning, and start your baby along on the road to success.

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