Join your neighborhood booksellers and local experts for a discussion of why, how, and what to read to your baby.
Ellen Mayer, who will explain how to read to children, is a debut author and an early literacy home visitor with the Home-Based Early Childhood Education Program in Cambridge. Her new Small Talk Books collection, published by Star Bright Books, models ways to talk with babies and young children to help build early oral language. Ellen will use her book Red Socks to show parents some different ways that board books can be shared with babies and young children.
Betty Bardige, Ed.D. is a developmental psychologist, educator, curriculum developer, and child advocate who writes and speaks widely on how adults can support young children’s language and literacy development. Her recent books include Talk to Me, Baby!,Building Literacy with Love, Poems to Learn to Read By, and At a Loss for Words. Betty has chaired two national foundations with an early childhood focus and consults with numerous local, state, and national organizations. Her Facebook page, Language-Building Tips, provides weekly tips for early educators and links to emerging research. She'll be explaining why it's important to read to infants.
Carol Stoltz is the children's buyer at PSB. She co-founded the store eleven years ago, and has spent decades working with children's books. She'll be sharing a selection of wonderful but less-famous books that are perfect for reading aloud.