Babies 0 – 18 months: Reading

No matter what the age, reading to your child is the single most important activity that you can do to help your child get ready to read. It introduces children to “rarer” words that they may not hear in everyday conversation. Shared reading develops a love of reading and an appreciation of books. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read.


  • Read books.
    • Read to your baby every day.
  • Point.
    • Point out words and objects on a page while you say them.
  • Read symbols.
    • “Read” symbols aloud, like stop sign, library, etc…

Learn more

Parents and caregivers, here are some books on reading for babies.