• Talking allows children to experience oral language and share in the spoken word. Talk to your child from birth they love to hear your voice and see your face.
  • Share a story or a rhyme whenever your child seems receptive. You know your child best and are able to tell if they are tired, hungry or restless. It’s fine if your child only participates for a short time – you can always come back to the activity at a better time.
  • Introduce new words to your child through books and conversation. Even though children are not able to form sentences they can still absorb words and their meaning.
  • Talk to your child everyday. Talk about what you are doing and things that are happening.
  • Talk to your child about the books you share. Make connections from the story to what happens in their own lives.
  • Encourage them to point to objects in the illustrations, ask them to make predictions as to what might happen based on the pictures in the book.
  • When reading ask “what,” “where,” and “how” questions to help them stay engaged. This also helps a child to retell the story back to you.
  • Expand on what your child says. You might say, “Yes, that is a big fire truck…. a red fire truck.” “We have a fire station by grandma’s house.”

Books About Talking

Shout, Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming

Dot by Patricia Intriago

Flotsam by David Wiesner

This is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen

Moo! by David La Rochelle

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Press Here by Herve Tullet

You’re Finally Here by Melanie Watt

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

I’m a Frog by Mo Willems

Are You Awake? by Sophie Blackall