Reading to your baby

Share books with your baby from the very first weeks – it’s a great way to bond and a chance to have lots of hugs, cuddles and fun together!

Tips for reading

  • make it part of your routine - share a story at feeding or changing times or when you are out and about. Point out the words you see and say them out loud
  • talk to your baby about what you see on the page as well as reading the text. She will enjoy learning about the different objects she can see
  • make noises to match the pictures – ‘The duck says quack, the dog says woof’
  • match up what you see in the books to your baby’s own experiences – ‘Look there’s a picture of a dog, we saw a dog on our walk today’
  • don’t worry about sounding silly – babies love to hear different voices, expressions and sounds
  • don’t force your baby to look at books if she’s not interested – try again later
  • leave her books out where she can reach them, so they become part of playtime – and don’t worry if she chews them!
  • keep your baby amused on a journey, or in a queue, by bringing a book to share.

For lots more ideas to help you develop your baby's develoment through reading, visit the Play Talk Read website.

The website also has videos on bathtime with your baby with your baby and stories with your baby. Both provide some great tips on how to introduce reading with your child.

The soon you start reading, the earlier they will start learning.

Your reading

If you want a helping hand, get in touch with The Big Plus on free phone 0808 100 1080 or online at

Your local adult learning centre is also there for you.

For further reading tips, games and info about reading stages see []

Introducing Bookbug

Bookbug from Scottish Book Trust is all about enjoying books, songs and rhymes with your child.

Bookbug Sessions

You can learn more songs and rhymes with your baby by going along to a free Bookbug session in your area. Bookbug sessions will give you and your baby a chance to share some special time and have fun meeting other families as well as giving your baby a lifelong love of reading. Going along to Bookbug sessions is also a great way to get the most out of your Bookbug bag. 

For more information about Bookbug, please ask at your local library, or go to

Last Updated: 02 October 2017
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