Developing a Love of Reading Babies


Mem Fox's Ten Read-aloud Commandments

  • Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
  • Read at least three stories a day – it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
  • Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don't be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
  • Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
  • Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same 'tune' for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
  • Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
  • Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
  • Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child's name and yours, remembering that it's never work, it's always a fabulous game.
  • Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.

Read aloud every day because you just love being with your child, not because it's the right thing to do. This is as important for fathers , as it is for mothers!

The benefits of introducing your baby to books are huge!


Time to interact with baby (particularly for grandparents or dads who may not intuitively know what to “say”)


Soothing stories help with relaxation and bonding


Helps establish language patterns before speech develops


Establishes the link between the written word and sound- connections for later literacy skills


By hearing words over and over building up a good bank for language


Establishes a routine and an understanding that reading is of value!


Establishes a routine as they get older eg tea, bath, book, bed.

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Introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way


Gives babies information about the world around them

How do you read to a baby?

For very young babies simply find a comfortable chair, cradle your baby amp; read the book.

  • Look for picture books that are bright and colourful
  • Talk about the pictures with your little one (even make up a story)
  • Sing the text to keep baby's attention.
  • Read beautiful books to your baby that have rhythmical language.
  • Babies love — and learn from — repetition, so don't be afraid of reading the same books over and over. When you do so, repeat the same emphasis each time as you would with a familiar song.

Some examples:

Possum Magic, Wombat Stew, Hairy Maclary, Good Night Moon, Boo to a Goose

As the baby gets older and can start to grab for the book..


Add some small, chunky board books that your baby can easily hold onto and “read themselves”


Play peek-a-boo with lift-the-flap books, mirrors etc


Help your baby touch and feel in texture books


Talk about the book and the pictures


As baby gets older, have books at their level that they can explore!

Some Examples

Authors: Dr Seuss, Jackie French, Mem Fox, Eric Carle , Rod Campbell,

Series: Curious George , Hairy Maclary,

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