Thursday, June 25, 2015

Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play

The following information comes from the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC).

By the time children from low-income families reach the age of four, they will have heard thirty million fewer words than their more advantaged peers. Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play is a national, public awareness initiative created to help bridge the Thirty Million Word Gap. Developed by the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) this campaign has begun with a series of accessible, instructive posters to help inform parents and primary caregivers about the vital importance of talking with their babies.
Babies Need Words Every Day posters
Babies Need Words Every Day posters are available to download
Featuring artwork by children’s illustrator Il Sung Na and filled with rhymes, songs, and other playful ideas for sharing words with babies, these posers are available as free downloads and are designed to be place above changing tables in libraries and other public buildings. As part of the campaign, ALSC also offers book lists that spotlight the best titles to encourage early learning concepts, as well as a ready-to-use tool kit for inviting local media and other community partners to join in the effort to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap.

Babies Need Words Every Day booklist brochure
is available to download
The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play campaign is just one more way that libraries offer essential support for lifelong learning to the diverse families in their communities. For more information about the campaign and additional resources to promote early childhood development, visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/babiesneedwords.

Babies Need Words Every Day project overview
Babies Need Words Every Day booklist
Babies Need Words Every Day webpage