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Get Your Kids Excited About Books: Birth to 12 Months

Raise a book lover with our quick tips and book recommendations for reading to newborns.
Read to Your Baby Get Newborns to Love Books

"Getting your kid excited about books is one of the greatest gifts you can give her," says Kathryn Au, Ph.D., president of the International Reading Association (IRA).

You can start early; snuggling with your baby as you look at picture books teaches her to associate reading with comfort. "You can read the phone book, and she'd be happy because she has your total attention," explains noted children's author Jon Scieszka, the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Get our best tips for encouraging a love of books at an early age.