Your Baby’s First Book

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There are numerous board books available for babies with simple pictures on each page such as sippy cups, rattles, and dogs, but unless your child has exactly this item they may not immediately connect. The first book my grand daughter enjoyed was handmade. I bought a mini scrapbook and, using my camera and printer, created pictures relevant to her life. The first page was a picture of her with her name underneath. The second was mommy, the third daddy, the fourth and fifth her sisters, then grandparents, and so on. The next few pages were toys and items around her neighborhood. At first she was puzzled and kept trying to pick up the items but it didn’t take long for her to learn how to turn the pages. Now she squeals with happiness whenever I take the book out. Eventually she will recognize that the foam letters glued below each picture are words. This will probably be the first book she “reads”. This can be a fun item to create for baby with older children.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

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