Free books for young fam­i­lies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

New par­ents can en­cour­age an early love of read­ing through two new lit­er­acy pro­grams.

Public health and the pro­vin­cial li­braries are part­ner­ing to pro­mote “Born to Read” and “Lit­tle Ones Read,” which em­pha­size the im­por­tance of read­ing to in­fants and early child­hood lit­er­acy. Par­ents can get in­for­ma­tion on both pro­grams as part of their reg­u­lar well­ness vis­its to Public Health Nurs­ing.

“It’s never too early or too late to start talk­ing, singing, read­ing and play­ing with your baby,” says Ar­lene Rose, act­ing di­rec­tor of Public Health and Chil­dren’s De­vel­op­men­tal Ser­vices for Health P.E.I. “Reg­u­larly cud­dling and read­ing to­gether strength­ens the bond be­tween you and your baby, as well as help­ing your baby de­velop im­por­tant skills for learn­ing to com­mu­ni­cate, and even­tu­ally to read.”

The Born to Read pro­gram is avail­able to par­ents of new­borns two-months of age. As part of the well­ness visit to Public Health Nurs­ing, fam­i­lies will re­ceive a copy of “Baby Look,” an ac­cor­dion-style tummy-time book pub­lished in At­lantic Canada, and Baby’s First Li­brary Card, a brochure en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to take ad­van­tage of the re­sources and pro­grams for ba­bies of­fered by the P.E.I. Public Li­brary Ser­vice.

As part of the Lit­tle Ones Read pro­gram, fam­i­lies will re­ceive a copy of “Look At Me Now!” when they visit Public Health Nurs­ing for their tod­dler’s 18-month well­ness check up. The book’s sto­ry­line cel­e­brates the many de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stones of tod­dler­hood, fol­low­ing an 18-month-old through his day as he proudly prac­tices new skills like get­ting dressed and walk­ing up stairs. The bouncy text re­in­forces a tod­dler’s con­fi­dence in his new ac­com­plish­ments and the charm­ing il­lus­tra­tions are filled with eye-catch­ing de­tails that will in­vite lively con­ver­sa­tion be­tween par­ent and child.

For fam­i­lies who would pre­fer a French al­ter­na­tive, the book “Bisous Bisous Bébé-Ô!”is avail­able. The book, “Weska’qel­mut Apje’juanu”, is avail­able for fam­i­lies who would pre­fer a Mi’kmaq op­tion.

Books be­ing pro­vided to fam­i­lies as part of the Lit­tle Ones Read pro­gram have been made avail­able to Public Health Nurs­ing through IODE Prince Ed­ward Is­land and the Ro­tary Club of Char­lot­te­town.

To con­tact Public Health Nurs­ing visit www.health­pei.ca/ pub­lichealth.

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Public health nurse Jen­nifer Doyle is pro­mot­ing new early child­hood lit­er­acy pro­grams now avail­able to Is­land par­ents.

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