Books for children – developing speech and language

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I make no secret of my passionate belief that reading books to your children every day helps to develop their speech and language skills.  Right from when Our Little Bear was only just home from hospital as a newborn, I would read her cloth books while she happily kicked and gurgled under her play gym and at feeding time, in fact any time really.  Then she moved on to board books and took her abc’s and her 123’s in her stride.

Fast forward to 5 years later and there is no denying that all of this has stood her in very good stead with her literacy.  While in her first year at school, she has learnt her phonics, learnt to read and write and just recently her teacher told us that she is doing ‘fantastic’ with her spelling.  All of this reading to her and with her in the foundations of her early years can surely be no coincidence…

So, which books are recommended to develop your child’s speech and language skills?  Kimberly’s blogpost at MommyEdition talks us through a comprehensive list of books to do just that.

From read-aloud, nursery rhyme and picture books like ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stevenson…

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and books for the late talker like ‘The Einstein Syndrome’ by Thomas Sowell…

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to books about animals and classic stories like ‘Sammy: The Classroom Guinea Pig’ by Alix Berenzy…

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Do pop over to Kimberly’s post at MommyEdition for more information on the above books and follow MommyEdition on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and Pinterest

…and let’s not forget the role that letter blocks and flash cards play like ‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Fun with Words’…

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Indeed, we used flashcards when our little bear first started her reading and it helped immensely.  It also helped that we had picked up the flashcards through hubby’s work book club that happened to be the same series that our bear’s class was using – the Biff, Chip and Kipper series from Oxford Reading Tree.  By turning it into a game, our bear had no idea that she was learning!

Of course, along with reading books to and with your child, talking to your child is a great stepping stone to great vocab, literacy and speech.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are my own.

So tell me, which books did you or do you enjoy reading with your child?  Were/are any of them the same ones that you read as a child?

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14 Comments
    • Oooh The Yoga Ogre is a new one on me. I feel a trip to the library coming up. We’ve got some returning to do at the weekend in fact. Thanks 🙂 And yes, show me a parent (or anyone!) who doesn’t love The Gruffalo!

  1. We love books for children too and I have read to my little boy since he was a baby. I speak Albanian mum mother tongue, and I used to translate all the books is read him in Albanian. It worked until the day he realised they were in English… Now we read Albanian books in Albanian and English books in English. His English is amazing and his understanding of Albanian too. The speaking of it is more difficult but I continue to speak in Albanian and I hope he’ll be one day fluent.
    Our favs at the moment: the crocodile who didn’t like water; Dylan and the dinosaur adventures, a series of 10 books about vehicles, boats, planes etc.

  2. Totally agree that reading should start when they are babies my kids had cloth books with their toys. As a teacher I get the value of reading. Baby no 1 sat for hours next to me or on my knee with books but baby no 2 had no interest at all. I have never pushed it but we have hundreds of books in every room. He is now (aged 5) just realising the beauty of reading. I guess what I am saying is, never give up! #TalkaiTues

  3. I agree! For parents, if you want to develop your kid’s speech and language skills, then reading books would surely help. You just need to choose the right kind of books, make sure it contains a lesson which they can learn from. Aside from that, it is also a great way to spend quality time with them.

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