As a literacy professional, I often advocate for parents and caregivers to engage in activities with children that will lead to lifelong engagement and love of books. Parents can do several things with very young children to help them develop an interest in reading:
1. Read often and read widely.
2. Read at multiple points in the day.
3. Share what you are reading.
4. When babies are very little, don’t be afraid to read aloud your own personal reading selections (the rhythm of book language is part of what you are trying to expose children to.)
5. Read aloud signs and other environmental print that you see in your home and community.
6. Share “book toys” with your children (like the Nuby Flip Flop Teether Book).
Teether books are an excellent transition for babies in the “chewing” stage and toddlers not quite ready for “regular” books in their bed. After they turned one, I allowed the boys to choose a favorite book or two each night to bring to bed with them. I will admit that on at least one occasion, I arrived in their room to find a corner of the book chewed off. That wouldn’t happen with the Nuby Flip Flop Teether Book.
The book has many different textures and fabrics, and even includes “crinkle” tabs, a squeaker, and nubbed teethers to maintain babies’ interest.