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As well as positively impacting your child's language development books open the door to shared joyous experiences, in the early weeks, months and years providing endless opportunities for fun.
A great thing about books is that they are so practical and portable, they can be taken and enjoyed anywhere and can provide a powerful distraction when needed.
Wonderfully, you don't need to buy a lot of books as they can be obtained free from your local library. Many libraries and some bookshops run 'story-time' sessions which can be scheduled into your weekly routine.
As children grow and language develops the book becomes a fabulous springboard for discussion, don't worry if the story is too long or complex, simplify it and tell you own around the pictures.
Provide a basket or shelf of books so that children from a very young age can also enjoy books by themselves.
When the child moves from their cot into a bed a basket within reach, containing a few books (a bike basket can work well depending on the design of the bed) and a simple reading lamp leads to hours of pleasure.