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Books for babes

Jackson Hospital wants to help establish a healthy foundation for every child.

Did you know...?
  • Babies begin to learn language from birth. Reading aloud exposes children to the sounds of human speech.
  • It is crucial to begin reading to babies in the first four months when the learning pathways are laid down in the brain.
  • Reading sparks their brain development and creativity.
  • By the age of 2, children know between 300 and 500 words. Children who are spoken to and read to frequently have larger vocabularies, develop into better readers and are likely to be more successful when they enter school.
Sharing books with your baby lays the foundation for learning to read, and it’s a fun bonding opportunity for parents and their babies.

The link between reading to infants and their development is undeniable, and Jackson Hospital wants to help establish a healthy foundation for every child. In an effort to do so, we have joined in a partnership with the Montgomery City–County Public Library, Jackson Hospital Foundation, and the Gift of Life Foundation to share the pleasure of reading aloud to newborns via the Books for Babes program. Last fall Jackson Hospital began giving parents of babies born in our Mom & Baby Center a set of three books as a way to encourage parents to begin reading aloud to their newborns within the first 12 months of life. The books are available in both English and Spanish. Books for Babes is funded through a grant from the library.
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