You’ve no doubt heard or know first-hand that babies are like sponges. As they explore their world and learn what it’s all about, they are innately curious about everything. Whatever they can get their hands and mouths on, they can and will. To touch. Taste. Sample. It’s adorable and stressful at the same time. As parents, you feel you’re always on alert. Making sure everything is baby-proofed and all potentially dangerous items stowed away.
Babies also soak up everything we say. In fact, by the time your son or daughter celebrates their first birthday, his or her brains have absorbed all the sounds required for them to speak their native language. These sounds, then, eventually become words and develop into their vocabulary. This is one of the many reasons why it’s so important to read to your children at an early age.
Struggling to find kid-friendly books about adoption? Not sure when the right time to start reading to your child is? Don’t worry. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is here to help!
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In this age of technology, the LED lights of phones and tables have replaced the power of reading and story time. As a result, more and more children are struggling through reading difficulties, causing an increase in learning and speech disabilities. Starting early curbs this. It allows them to establish a solid vocabulary and strong literary skills that will lead to bigger and better things in their lifetime. The more you’ll be able to read to your child before their first birthday, the greater their vocabulary can be. Hearing stories helps them learn how to speak better overall as well. It not only teaches them about communication, but also builds their listening and memory skills while giving them an awareness of what inflection and emotion sound like.
The following resource includes kid-friendly books about adoption that are fun, easy-to-read and appropriate for your growing adoptee. All of these stories have brightly colored images to keep your baby engaged and can be finished in one sitting. Perfect for a short reprieve from life’s craziness, or for kiddos with shorter attention spans. They cover topics that include, but are not limited to: an adoptee’s journey through adoption, diversity, and finding strength in one’s sense of self.
Kid-Friendly Books about Adoption
Here are three books that we would highly recommend for you to read to your child:
For more details about each book, be sure to check out each of the links.
Never Too Early
It’s never too early to start reading out loud to your child. Even if your son or daughter can’t fully comprehend what you’re saying, learning the intonations of your voice and the warmth of your company does wonders for their overall development. As he or she ages, you’ll see their reactions morph into understanding.
Between three and six months, your child can register faces, shapes and colors. They can feel recognize different textures. By the time he or she is one, they will respond when you ask them to point things out. You may even find them holding a book and making sounds with their stuffed animals, imitating your behavior as they learn on their own. Be sure to have a stack of cardboard or plastic kid-friendly books within reaching distance when they want to branch out.
The Importance of Kid-friendly Books
Whenever possible, make a point of reading a story to your baby. Before naptime or bedtime are popular, because it allows your child to be soothed to sleep by the sound of your voice. Having a midday story time is beneficial, too. So, the next time you want to shove your phone or mobile device at your baby when they are fussy, consider a different approach. Try holding them close and reading them a kid-friendly book instead.
Nine times out of ten, your baby is making noise because they are craving your attention. Putting a screen in their hands may be a temporary fix, but it could irreparable damage to any relationship you hope to have with that. You’re teaching them that it’s ok to isolate. To turn off.
Books, however, provide a healthy alternative. It invites open communication and fellowship. When you’re reading to your child, not only will you be bonding with your baby in a healthy way, but you will also be illustrating the importance of reading and learning while showing them how much you care and love them.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma
If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. You may visit our website here or call 405-794-7500 (Oklahoma City) or 918-982-6220 (Tulsa).
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and a book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
“The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brain-waves/201705/the-magic-reading-aloud-babies.
“Reading Books to Babies (for Parents).” Edited by Kandia N. Lewis, KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation, Aug. 2019, kidshealth.org/en/parents/reading-babies.html.
“When Should I Start Reading to My Baby?” Fisher Price, www.fisher-price.com/en_US/parenting-articles/language-and-learning/when-should-i-start-reading-to-my-baby.