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Build Baby's First Library

What better way to start the New Year but to start a home library of books for your baby! No matter the child's age when read to, whether they are one year, six months, three weeks or still to arrive, your child will remember forever the comfort and joy of being read to.

Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity. It will create a love of books and reading that will last a lifetime. When a baby hears a book being read aloud, it builds listening, memory and vocabulary skills in their brain. But most importantly, reading aloud to your child makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most (your voice and closeness to you) and books. The baby will begin to associate books with happiness and budding readers are created.

Books for babies should have simple, repetitive text and clear pictures. In addition to the books you purchase and own, take advantage of those you can borrow from the library.

Some suggested titles are:
 
Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon
by Brown, Margaret Wise
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
by Cabrera, Jane
The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Carle, Eric
Peek-a-Moo! Peek-a-Moo
by Cimarusti, Marie Torres
The Babies on the Bus The Babies on the Bus
by Katz, Karen
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Martin, Bill
Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose
by DePaola, Tomie
Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young Read Aloud Rhymes For The Very Young
Read to your Bunny Read To Your Bunny
by Wells, Rosemary
I Went Walking I Went Walking
by Williams, Sue

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Many libraries have storytimes just for babies, too. In the Santa Clara County Library District, the following libraries have such events:

Campbell:  Fridays at 11:00 am (alternate baby lapsit with baby sign language)
Cupertino:  Tuesdays @ 10:15 am
Los Altos:  Thursdays @ 1:00 pm (either baby sign or baby lapsit)
Milpitas:  Fridays at 11:30 am (followed by "Play And Learn")
Morgan Hill:  Fridays @  11:45 am  (called Itty Bitty Jamboree- followed by "Play and Learn")
Saratoga:  Thursday @ 11:30 am  (followed by "Play And Learn")

For more information about the above events and for each library's hours and locations, please check the following website: www.sccl.org

Just remember - there is nothing more important in your baby's life than you! Share the gift of books with them! It will bring joy to all of you.
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