Most often new parents think that starting a library for a child starts when they can read. This is not true. As a new parent you will want to start building your babies library as soon as you find out you are expecting.
Book selection for a first time library will be very important for you as well as for your baby. Taking the time to research the market and observe what the experts are saying about books is time consuming. As a parent you will want to be very particular about the books you purchase and read to your child.
As a new parent you will want to keep in mind that although selecting the right book is important it needs to be enjoyable to read. You will want to select books that you can read over and over again. As your selection grows you will be able to incorporate books that are perhaps seasonal. For example, books with a holiday theme, summertime theme, fall theme and the like. You may want to consider books with rhymes, animals and shapes to get you started.
Preparing your child’s library is not just about the books, it's about training you for story-time. If you get started now you will already be on your way to scheduling time for reading. As new parents there is a tendency to become very busy preparing for the arrival of a new family member. But parents forget about the very important story hour. You may want to start out by just reading a few childrens books one hour before you go to bed. This is a good way to weed out books that you don't like or that you wouldn't want to read to your child on a regular basis.
Before you start spending a lot of money on the top of the line books, start at your local library. Librarians are a good source of information concerning books. They can help you select age appropriate books as well. Once you've become acquainted with your local library you can then start the purchasing process.
A great place to start buying books for the babies home library is at garage sales, flea markets, used bookstores and new bookstores. Being cost effective is important. Keep in mind there are lots of parents out there who are upgrading their child’s library. They will be getting rid of books their child has outgrown. Garage sales are a great place to get feedback on books. Moms are eager to tell about what their child liked or didn't like about a book. It is also a great way to network with other mommies to get an idea of what they liked about certain books. You can also get a lot of suggestions of what to buy and what authors to keep an eye out for.
When you decide to start accumulating books doesn't really matter as long as you do it. Getting your child down the path to reading and enjoying it starts at conception. Allowing your child to hear your smooth soothing voice in the womb will be as relaxing to your child as it will once they arrive. Bedtime stories are a great way for you to bond and get a child relaxed before bed.
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