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Books & Babies: Wee Readers Club

Hello Mamas (& Papas) & Wee Ones. We are excited to launch our Books & Babies Wee Readers Book Club. Our official launch will be on Saturday, February 1, 2014.

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Wee Readers is a book club for young “readers” newborns to five years old. Books & Babies programs exist in many libraries around the country. Zee and I enjoy our weekly library time in those programs. We decided to take it a bit further by starting a virtual book club with other families and babies. Families, that can’t make the library hours,mamas (and papas) who want to engage with other parents and wee readers, and to showcase why reading books in a world full of social media, electronics and TV is important today.

According to the Association of Library Services to Children (a division of the American Library Association), “It’s Never Too Early to Start. Because your baby’s brain is developing so quickly, the first year of life is critical.  Research shows that babies who are read to in the first nine months of their lives are better prepared for school than babies who had little interaction with books.”

The books we select will be the start to an amazing library. As your child grows these books will become familiar to them beyond the pictures. Repetitive reading allows your child to become familiar with the sounds, words and eventually the characters and storyline. In the beginning, your infant may laugh, coo or grab at a certain book. Now picture them at 2 years old understanding, recognizing and being able to read that very book by the time they are 5. I already know which books my wee reader Zoë will love reading in the next few years. We will read books about letters, numbers, shapes, animals and ones with familiar characters too. We will also introduce new authors, books about history and culture and maybe even a cookbook or two. I know a few 4 & 5 year olds that love to make things in the kitchen with mama.

Enjoy reading time anytime of the day. Check out your local library’s children’s schedule. Enjoy that structured time then stay a while longer to enjoy your books of the month. Don’t forget to make an event out of getting their first library card. We will share a few ideas about what that looks like later. Read first thing in the morning, at bedtime, lunchtime or anytime in between. Engage older siblings to take part. Reading is just as important as a healthy diet, adequate sleep and even family game nights. Make it a part of your dinnertime ritual. Read in the car (when possible), while waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in the waiting room at a doctor’s appointment. Read, read, read.

Wee Readers Club Steps to Success:

1. Consistency. Read to your child each day. Dedicate at least 30 minutes a day (even if broken up) to enjoy this time with your wee readers.

2. Be engaged. Turn off all distractions (phones, TVs, electronics.)

3. Read It! Sing It! Act It! Your babies will enjoy this. Don’t be afraid. You are already an award-winning author, singer, and actress in their eyes.

4. Let them participate. If they stop you to inquire, laugh, repeat a page, let them! If they grab the book and start chewing on it that’s ok too. Improvise and finish the story.

5. Let your wee readers see you read. If they are really young, read your book to them. They will love hearing your voice.

6. Soak it all in. You are building their reading and language strength along with self-esteem, confidence and best of all your relationship with your little reader.

Look out for giveaways for the wee ones and a little something for their adults too. So what books would you and your wee reader like to see on our reading list? Add your picks in the comments. We will be sure to include them. And don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list for updates from the book club.

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    January 31, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I love the idea of a virtual book club for little ones. My youngest is now six and he can read to me 🙂 It’s the best thing in the world to hear him read.
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 4:03 AM

      Robin I can not wait for the day Zee reads to me. I picture it all the time. BTW… Your husband post today was hilarious. I’m glad he knows to listen to Masshole Mommy & his GPS!

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    Melanie S.
    January 31, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Great idea. We are very into books around here, and the library is one of our favorite places to visit.
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      Thanks Melanie. The library is our 2-3x weekly outing. Zee loves it.

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    Ashley
    January 31, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I read often to my kids as they were growing up. Now they are voracious readers in their own right.
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      I love it Ashley. I know how important reading is from infancy. It makes such a difference. And I am definitely going to look into a FitBit!

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    Kita
    January 31, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    How neat mot libraries have something for the older kids but nothing for the wee ones. Bookmarking this because my little one loves reading.
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 4:00 AM

      Kita, do join us in the program. Most will be virtual and some people will be hosting reading hour at their homes. This will be so much fun. I’m pretty excited about it.

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    Crystal @ Surviving a Teacher's Salary
    January 31, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    My kids absolutely LOVE books!! I always leave them laying around, stuff them in the car and near the kids beds to entice them to pick them up! Every night before bed we read a book, or a chapter of a book! Teaching a love for literacy at an early age is such a great life skill!
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 3:59 AM

      I love how Zee gravitates to her books before any toy. She giggles and smiles when we are reading and sometimes she tries to imitate what I am reading. I love it.

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    Lisa Thompson
    January 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I wish I would have had the opportunity to participate in something like this with our kiddos. We adopted all of them when they were 7 or older, so I never had the chance. They would have all benefitted greatly from something like this!
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      M J
      January 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Awww I love that you adopted older children. That is so important. I am sure you all enjoy family reading and fun time even now.

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    LeSha B. (@TheLovelyPhotog)
    January 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    These are all really great tips! My daughter is 2 but I started early in reading and going to the library so this is great! Thanks for posting!
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      M J
      January 31, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      I love it LeSha. So many people don’t realize how important and FUN it is to connect with your children through books. I would love for you to share a beautiful photo of your daughter reading.

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    Shell
    January 31, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    This sounds like an amazing program! It’s so important to read to kids, starting them young!
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      M J
      January 31, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Thank you for stopping in. My daughter loves story time. She always grabs her books first before any toys. Starting young is the key!

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    Tess
    January 31, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    How very neat thing to do. I know how important it is to read every day!
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 3:57 AM

      Thank you Tess. I enjoy reading time so much. I know a few parents that struggle to get the time in daily so I figure a reading club with a few virtual meet-ups will help.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    February 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Because I adored reading as a child, it was something I just naturally did with my own kids. I remember they would bring me book after book after book and would want me to read to them for hours. I loved every minute of it though, and my oldest actually started reading herself really early!
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      Thank you Liz. I enjoy our reading time so much even when Zee decides to chew on the book instead. LOL

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    Melissa
    February 1, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Oh, I LOVE this! I love to read myself and enjoy reading to my kids.
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    Jessica
    February 1, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    My daughter is 4, turning 5 next month, and she has really developed a love for reading. We read every night before bed and sometimes during the day when we are in her room. I am always taking her to Barnes & Noble to give her the opportunity to add to her collection. Reading is so important in little ones!
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      M J
      February 1, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      Jessica I am looking forward to that day. Zee just turned 14 months and she is already addicted to her books! I love it. I’ll be running a book giveaway soon. Hope to see you there. And please give me the scoop on where to find the shadow box you used for your valentines craft. I am excited to do a similar craft with my oldest.

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    brett
    February 1, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    love this whole idea. we’ve gone through 3 copies of Goodnight Moon- board books even- we’ve just read them to pieces over the years. LOVE reading to kids of all ages!

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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Hi Brett! Our first copies of Good Night Moon and the Nose Book are hanging on by a thread and Zee is only 14 months old. They are board books too. We will surely be replacing them. And you are so right, we big kids need reading time too. I enjoy my evenings of reading. Thanks for stopping in.

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    Rosey
    February 1, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    We made an event out of the first library card with each child, and it really was a big deal to them. I have loved reading my whole life, I’m glad the kids now like it too.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Hi Rosey. I am so excited to get Zee her first library card. Our local library has one for zero to three year olds. She is 14 months now but by the time she is old enough for a regular library card she will be excited about her very own Library card party. Please share how you did your library card event. I would love to feature and share it with club members through the blog.

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    Susanna Barbee (Zealous Mom)
    February 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Awesome early literacy tips! I love the idea of a book club for our tiniest readers. Like you wrote, it’s never too early to start. I look forward to reading more about your book club.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Thank so much for your kind words Susanna. I am so excited about this book club. My toddler’s face lights up when it’s story time. Very exciting. I feel accomplished when we are done with story time each day.

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    Alissa
    February 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    One of the most exciting parts of parenting has been watching my kids fall in love with books as much as I did (and still am). It’s so much fun to watch them become little readers, whether that’s still retelling the stories as she remembers (my preschooler) or learning to read the actual words, as the author intended. A virtual book club is a great idea!
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Hi Alissa. I get so excited when Zee grabs her books before her toys. Even before she could walk she crawled over and went for her books. I actually have started reading so much more because of her. I would read 1-2 books per week through my twenties. Then life got in the way. I am enjoying discovering new titles. I need to join an adult book club now.

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    Christina S
    February 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I love this idea! I sell Barefoot Books @ http://christina-Shirley.barefootbooks.com and I’d love to sponsor a giveaway for you!
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Hi Christina. I would love to partner with you. I will send you an email. I am so excited about this program. Thank you so much for offering to pitch in.

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    Jennifer @TheRebelChick
    February 1, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Wee Readers sounds like such a great program! I wish I had something like that when my daughter was little, it was so hard to get her to enjoy reading.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Hi Jennifer. How old is your daughter? I am sure she is enjoying reading these days. I love how reading gets us away from the world for a while. THanks for stopping by.

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    Piera
    February 1, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I love the idea of a virtual book club for babies! Books & Babies Wee Readers Book Club is going to be awesome!
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Thanks Piera. We are excited about getting started. Reading time is truly the highlight of our day.

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    Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    February 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    It took Red a little while to really get into book. We would read them to him as he played, but sure enough, he’s chosen a small library of favorites that we read over and over, and sometimes eek a new book in to join the group.
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    [email protected]
    February 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Fantastic program. My mother is a librarian and I inherited her love of books & reading. I love reading to babies and little kids! Trying to encourage more of it with the four-year-old I watch.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Hi Christy. I can only imagine how it was growing up with a librarian! Oh the fun journeys you must have enjoyed through books. Please have the four year old join us. I am trying to decide on a dedicated reading time for the club. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Paige
    February 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    That sounds like the same type of program as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I love that there are multiple organizations to get kids to read!
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Hi Paige. I have never heard of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. I will definitely check it out. That’s pretty cool that Miss Dolly has something like this for children. Thanks for letting me know.

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    [email protected]
    February 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    i love this idea. my kids are a little to old but I will share this with my sisters
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    Janel
    February 1, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    All of my boys have shown interest in books at a very young age. These are great tips to improve the reading connection. It’s so easy to get distracted in our day and age.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Hi Autumn. I appreciate your comment. It is really easy to get distracted and forget the little things. Story time is so much fun for all of us.

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    Autumn
    February 2, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    This is such a great way to get kids and parents reading together! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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    Candy @ Candypolooza
    February 2, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    What an awesome club!! I need to get my little man started on this! He loves it when I read to him.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Hi Candy. Please join us. I will be posting more info this week on how to get involved. How old is your little man? So far our youngest member is 6 months old.

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    Onica {MommyFactor}
    February 2, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Congrats on the launch of Wee Readers Club Steps. It sounds like an awesome book club. Encouraging kids to read early is so important
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Hi Onica. Thank you for your compliment. I am really excited. I love reading to my wee one and reading books for myself. So much of our world has gone to the web and television. It’s definitely time to get back to basics.

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    Jaime
    February 2, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    We took books to the hospital, to read the day our son was born. 🙂 He LOVES reading and has recently started telling his own stories. (He’s 2.) I love the idea of a virtual book club for young children!
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      Hi Jamie. That is such a great idea. If I ever have another one we will certainly bring books to the hospital. I love this.

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    Ashley M
    February 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    We have been buying my daughter books since before she was born. Studies have shown that if you want to prep your children for a successful school career the single best thing you can do is read to them.

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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Hi Ashley. Thanks for stopping in. I have several nieces and nephews that are excellent readers. I remember reading to them as babies. It is so important.

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    Debi
    February 3, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    That is interesting. I have never thought of a virtual book club for kids.
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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Hi Debi. Thanks for stopping by. Please spread the word. I have gotten some really good feedback. More info to come on virtual meet-ups.

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      M J
      February 3, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Hi Debi. It just came to me one day and then I spoke to a few moms and they were excited about it. Do you have any wee ones who can get involved?

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    April
    February 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I love this! My son is 20 months and have been reading to him since birth. It is so important to read to babies!
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    Liza @ Views From the 'Ville
    February 4, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Oh how fun! My toddler (who turns 3 this month) and I love to read together – and she also loves to “read” to herself and “read” to us. She’s memorized a few different books to share.
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      M J
      February 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Hi Liza. That is so cool. Please join us and share your favorite book picks for your wee reader.

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    Cara
    February 6, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Love this idea of a book club for little ones! We love story books and reading has always been important ever since they were small!
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      M J
      February 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Hi Cara. You are absolutely right. Story time is so important and so much fun to share with the entire family.

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