Follow Baby's Lead
Let your baby hold, touch, and play with the book. At around 8 months, help her learn to turn the pages. Stock your library with baby books made of sturdy cardboard, heavy-duty cloth, or soft plastic because they stand up to chewing, grabbing, and tossing. Even if you read only a few words at each sitting, your baby will benefit -- and perhaps even develop a lifelong affinity for books.