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-Hi, I'm parenting expert Denise Daniels and you're watching Parents TV. Did you know that reading to a child as young as 6 months old helps the reading and learning skills? The wise frog croaked just nibble, gnaw, and chew, but a jiggle juggle tail was all that Freddie grew. -Joining us today is Francie Alexander, the parenting and education expert from Scholastic. Thanks for being with us today, Francie. -I'm happy to be here. Welcome. You're a mother and you're an educator. You've taught every grade from kindergarten all the way up to college and tell us a little bit about why it's so important with your-- with your background in early childhood literacy, why is it so important to teach children in a very early age and read to them? -You know, the very first experience that a child has with books and reading should be on your lap and that's gonna be more important than any laptop or fancy education later. It's going to set the whole tone for how they feel emotionally about books and reading. And if they have a good experience with you, when it comes later, they are going to want to learn to read because you helped them already love to read. -That makes a lot of sense. What kind of books do you look for? What are you looking for? When parents go to a bookstore and they think what should I be reading to my child at such as early age, what do you look for? -You look at books for every age and stage. So, for the littlest readers from literally the day they come home from the hospital until they are 1-year-old, you know, they're really learning by their 5 senses. They like to look, and feel, and see. So, you look for books that match that. You look for books that have texture. You look for cardboard books. You look for books that have pictures of other babies. Babies love to look at faces of other babies. They like to-- They're learning about their world. They wanna experience the world; and this is like a perfect one for this age because you can touch, and move, and play. And also, when you're reading with kids this age, make some noise and so you can also like the animal sounds and your baby will start to imitate you. -So, be engaged. -Absolutely. -Be part of the whole reading process. -Now, you've brought some really interesting books with you. Can you share those with us? -Certainly. This one is so fun because it actually is many books and a book. So, babies get to see other babies; babies loving, babies eating, babies reading and then take you to look at themselves while they're doing that. Babies love looking at other babies. -Uh-huh. -This little one that I showed you before, this is so fun because you can do finger play, they can touch it, and it has animal sounds and a little story. This one is great because it's numbers and it shows us how the big pictures, lots of contrast, and this one is fun because kids also like to look at animals even from a very, very early age. -That's great. These are wonderful. The next age group we're gonna talk about is 1 to 2 years old. And how's that different? You talk about the 4 Rs. Can you explain that to us? -Well, the Rs for this age, this is such a special age and time. There's rhyme, rhythm, repetition and of course the big R, reading. So, at that particular age, they really are becoming aware of words and naming things. They come to that moment which is really important in early childhood during this year that everything has a name. I have a name. Mommy has a name. -That's right. -Mommy, and daddy, and all of these other things in the world. So, words become interesting to me. So, you'll look for books. You look at board books again. You look at board books that have more of a story like we have this one here where the tadpole is going through its life cycle from the small tadpole to becoming a frog. -Look at you, croaked his friend staring down from the log. Freddie leaped up in delight and saw he was a frog! And this one we've met on the rhyme, rhythm, and repetition; this click, clock, splish, splash. Kids love hearing words like that. And yeah-- -Our favorite. -This is, I think, every parent and child's favorite poet is Shel Silverstein and this a wonderful first book of his poems that kids will hear that rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. =Because he's written books for older children. -Yes, he has. -So, this is his first attempt to-- -For younger. -For younger-- -You know, and the whole family can be engaged in it because some of the silliness adults really get more than the kids. -Yeah. -The kids get the language and they love it. -Well, the next age group we're gonna talk about is 2- to 3-year-olds. And you brought a couple of books for 2- to 3-year-olds. -Yes. And that's-- -Tell us a little bit about these. -Another critical age. That's an age where we say kids have an "aha moment." They're people that-- besides myself. And they really start to think about others. That's when they first learn to empathize and feel how others feel so like we have this one when Sophie gets angry. And, you know, they know they've been angry by now. -Yeah, we're on the twos and-- -They can relate to that. -They could think somebody else gets angry and they understand. Oh, this isn't just something unique to me and they can feel for them. Oh, I can see why got mad because somebody took her snack or this happened. They understand that. And then we brought the friendship of Owen and Mzee. This is a lovely story about animals who bond after the tsunami. And first of all, this age of kids really like nonfiction too and real stories. These are real animals and they're very interested. And in this case, the real animals became friends and that's they're starting to make friends. The whole idea is really appealing to them. And this is an era where they can read just about or listen to any book. -Yes. -And when you go to the library, when you go to the bookstore, they're just interested in finding out about the world and finding out how to be part of it. -Well, it's so important and we wanted to teach good literacy skills to our children and thank you very much, Francie, for being with us today because you really helped us understand how we choose books for our kids. Thank you for sharing your joy of reading with us. -It's fun being here. -For more information about reading to your child, you can go to Thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families our lives.