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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402206127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402206122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Straub is the founder of the Read To Me program, a workshop program that can be found in six states which encourages young families to read to their babies. Ms. Straub's work with Read To Me has been celebrated on NY1 television and in Oprah's O magazine.

KJ Dell'Antonia is an attorney turned writer whose work has recently appeared in Mothering, Time Out New York Eating and Drinking Guide, and The Legal Times. S

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As a reading specialist, I am always looking for books to recommend to new mothers.
R. Reynolds
I can see these lists also being great suggestions for a child's gift list, gifts from parents or for someone's baby shower.
K. Markert
I had a lot of questions like these before buying this book and they were all answered.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MCRS on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Like Mem Fox's Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Two's lacks the data and references of Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition (Read-Aloud Handbook) BUT is a great, friendly introduction to how and why to read aloud to your child and why you should start as young as possible. More importantly, it includes many thematic lists of books for children in the 0 to 3 age range. The lists are what make this book so useful as most booklist books are most solid in the elementary school range, with some (too few) selections for kindergardeners and preschoolers. (The exception to that is Kathleen Odean's Great Books for Babies and Toddlers: More Than 500 Recommended Books for Your Child's First Three Years.) For busy, tired parents, a faster, lighter read than Trelease is welcome though I'd recommend reading Trelease later for more details and data and for his Treasury of read alouds.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Reynolds on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a reading specialist, I am always looking for books to recommend to new mothers. This is a book with a wealth of information for anyone interested in what book should I get for my child, grandchildren, new mother, fathers, etc. Each chapter is well written with good information. At the end of most chapters is a chart containing information about various stages children go through and what parents can expect their child to be doing in response to the title of the chapter. Much research has been done to put this all together. A must for new parents of young children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
The authors have taken a small subject and written an entertaining, thorough, incredibly well-thought out and well-designed volume. It's very useful, because it both talks about the realities of reading to the wee (news flash: they're as likely to eat the book as listen, but READ ANYWAY...and here's why), and then goes on to make recommendations depending on subject your looking for (books about feeling

imaginary friends, lovies, getting a new brother/sister, and every other subject of concern to the two and under set.).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Markert on June 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a bookaholic. I believe that "we first learn to read, then read to learn." A first step to achieve this is to fall in love with reading, the younger the better. If a child feels that reading is fun, they can develop a lifelong attraction to books. THIS book can help a parent learn how to develop that love of books with their child.

I am a mother of three young boys; books play a huge role in our lives and my sons' development. While I've been reading books on my own and to my children forever, "Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Two's" has helped renew my enjoyment of reading with my sons, and given me new excitement for reading to them.

"Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Two's" is full of great book lists for children at different ages and stages. Many of the books I've already heard about and read, but other new titles I've put on a list and brought to the library to check out and bring home. I can see these lists also being great suggestions for a child's gift list, gifts from parents or for someone's baby shower. These would also be wonderful suggestions for daycare providers.

While going through "Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Two's", I appreciated even it's size, approach to different topics, suggestions and insight into books authors and artists. This wasn't a heavy book about a child's development, weighing me down with deep theories and thoughts, but a more inspirational piece that I could pick up and read a bit at a time, bringing back that fun feeling of discovering books with my sons. There are definite sections for different needs that books can fill, pointing me quickly to new authors and titles relevant to my situation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ninotchka A. Beavers on June 27, 2006
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From beginning to end, this book is chock full of invaluable information about the why's, what's, when's and how's of reading to our children. I honestly can't think of a more important parenting book out there. It just makes so much sense. And although I already do it, it got me excited about reading to my kids again and reminded me why I read to all of my babies in utero. (For fun! Who knew it was so beneficial?) There's just no better way to connect, bond and engage with children. I grew up with this philosophy that books are our friends (my Mother really did tell us that) and it's a joy to learn exactly why reading with our children is so important. I already love giving books as gifts and you can be assured, this book will be hastily added to my baby shower/new baby/1st and 2nd birthday gift list. I can think of no better gift for a parent than the gift of true quality time with their kids. A time to discover, laugh, tickle and snuggle. A time to sing, rhyme, interact and learn. Together. What can be better than that?
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