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Excerpt: Baby Read-Aloud Basics  Steve O'Keefe
 Sep 01, 2006 12:47 PDT 

I have permission from Amacom Books to distribute an
excerpt from the new book, BABY READ-ALOUD BASICS, a guide
to reading to infants that Library Journal calls

You might ask yourself, how hard can reading to babies be?
It's not hard at all, of course. In fact, reading to baby
is often the best moment in a busy parent's day. What's
difficult is knowing which books to read when faced with
the overwhelming choices in bookstores and libraries. BABY
READ-ALOUD BASICS provides detailed reviews of books for
six distinct stages of development, from birth to two years
old. These recommendations are a blessing for mothers,
fathers, friends and relatives looking for solid advice on
what books to expose children to -- and when.

Reading aloud to babies helps them understand the structure
of language and facilitates neural connections that prepare
your baby for lifelong learning. Authors Caroline J.
Blakemore and Barbara Weston Ramirez are Reading Recovery
specialists with a combined 50 years of experience helping
children with reading disabilities. In BABY READ-ALOUD
BASICS, they pay special attention to bilingual families,
demonstrating how reading to baby *in any language* will
help them learn the dominant language when they start

The excerpt I'm distributing covers Eight Baby Read-Aloud
Basics -- simple things an adult should take into
consideration before reading to infants. To get the
excerpt, send mailto:stevo-@bellsouth.net with the
subject line "Send Basics" and I will reply with the text -
- and *only* the text -- NO file attachments or opt-in
mailing list jive. Thank you.
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