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Bringing Books to Life with the Nashville Public Library {Giveaway}

Liz_Library_NashMomsBlogNashville Moms Blog is partnering with the Nashville Public Library to promote literacy and learning among babies and children in our city. As a part of this partnership, NPL is sponsoring a two-part giveaway of some awesome books. Today we’re back with our second giveaway, and this one is books for babies.

Our guest poster, Liz Atack works at Nashville Public Library where she helps brings book off the shelf and into the hands of Nashville’s children through the library’s literacy outreach program, Bringing Books to Life. In early 2014, Liz was named Toyota’s Family Teacher of the Year. Before coming to Nashville Public Library, Liz worked as a classroom teacher and as a museum educator. 

A newborn baby is too young to do many things—eat on his own, master the concepts of sharing, choose just the right booties to match his onesie, and so much more. However, do you know what he’s not too young to do?  Learn how to read. It’s true.

All children actually start learning to read from the moment they’re born. That’s because the things you do as a parent—both consciously and unconsciously—plant the seeds of reading.

The American Library Association (ALA) developed a literacy workshop for parents, called “Every Child Ready to Read,” that came out a few years ago. The Bringing Books to Life reading outreach team at Nashville Public Library uses it as the framework for our family literacy workshops.

According to ALA, you can do five things every day with your child to help get him ready to read from birth.  The great thing is these things work no matter how old (or young) your child is!

Here are five wonderfully simple actions you can take now:

Talk. It’s important to surround your child with language from day one. Not sure what to say? Talk can be as simple as describing how you’re making lunch, talking about your day, or sharing a story from your childhood.  Also, ask your child questions.  Even if they can’t answer yet, giving kids a pause helps them think of their answer.  One day, they’ll answer you, and you’ll have a bona fide conversation!

Read. Children’s author and literacy advocate Mem Fox says children must hear 1,000 stories before they can read.  Reading is like eating vegetables or brushing your teeth: it should happen every day, more than once a day! If your child can’t sit still for more than a few pages, don’t fret.  You can always pick a book up again on another day.  The key is to keep reading time positive and to follow your child’s lead.

Sing.  There’s a reason we sing so much to young children.  Singing can be soothing (like a lullaby) or rollicking (like “The Wheels on the Bus”) … but it’s also a first lesson on syllables.  We slow down our language when we sing, giving children time to understand what we’re saying. Can’t sing?  Don’t worry!  Your child LOVES your voice—even if you aren’t Grammy material.

Write. Your child won’t likely be able to write letters until he’s in preschool and learns to write his name. Still, give children ample opportunities to express themselves on paper as soon as they can hold a crayon.  Let them see you write, and show them examples of how we communicate and express ourselves on paper.

Play. Children make sense of the world around them through play.  It’s also how they learn to bond with others, cooperate, imagine, and tell their own stories.  Giving your child unstructured play time is essential.

That’s it! I bet you do these things every day—you didn’t even realize you were actually teaching your child how to read!

Nashville Public Library has many resources to help you read and talk with your child, including traditional books, audiobooks, e-books, and even interactive, online books. You can borrow CDs or download and stream music to get singing and moving.  Our programs throughout the city, for children of all ages, are sure to inspire play and imagination.  Check us out at any of our 21 locations or online at

Our friends at the Nashville Public Library have generously donated five fabulous baby book for one of our readers! These books are sure you make reading to your little one a joy and a pleasure for you both. Get started today!



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13 Responses to Bringing Books to Life with the Nashville Public Library {Giveaway}

  1. Christine July 30, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    We love to read in the mornings as a quiet activity before nap.

  2. Heather Kelly July 30, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Our favorite place to read it cuddled up on the couch together. Everyone picks a book and my husband and I take turns reading to them before bed also, every night.

  3. Beth July 30, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    We began reading to the kids at bedtime long before they knew what we were even saying. they both have a love for reading now, 5 &7 years later.

  4. Lauren M. July 30, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Great post! My husband and I read to our 4 month old son often – not just children’s books though, we are reading him a nonfiction book about baseball. That way it is something we can all enjoy a bit more than always reading One Fish Two Fish or Green Eggs and Ham. Love Dr. Seuss but a little variety is good too!

  5. Katie Henley July 30, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Our daughter is 3 months and she just LOVES Dr Suess books! She’s really started paying attention to the pictures and our voices when reading!! It’s really great! I’m so glad she’s started liking books!!

  6. Kelly July 30, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    Snuggled together in the nursery chair. 🙂

  7. Michelle Austin July 30, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    My sweet little boy loves to read. Some of our sweetest moments have been reading in bed together before he goes to sleep. We always read a Bible story as well as a children’s book. A couple weeks ago, he quoted scripture to me while we read a Bible story. We hadn’t tried to memorize any scripture verses. He just learned it through listening to the stories we’ve read. It touched my heart and he was so excited to tell me God’s word.

  8. Sara July 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Awesome giveaway!

  9. Jeni July 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Reading has been part of my son’s bedtime routine and nap routine since he was 3 months old. We read throughout the day, but it’s the bed time reading (cozy in his bed) that seems to be his favorite. He loves the storytimes so much that bedtime has never been an issue — he gets excited when it’s time to put on pjs and snuggle in with a few good books.

  10. Trish S July 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    My little boy loves all books about trains or planes. We also read him Bible stories often!

  11. Gloria July 30, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    We read for bedtime. I also love the one waterproof book we have for bath time!

  12. shaunie August 1, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Our favorite place for the summer is outside under a tree

  13. Allison Miller July 29, 2017 at 12:08 am #

    Our twin sons love reading! We read aloud in the car, before nap, and before bedtime. Book time is always better than screen time!

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