Sharing books with children who are deaf or hard of hearing is very important for language development. There can be some unique challenges at first. We address some of these in sections coming up. Your persistence in book sharing will pay off!
Your baby may not be ready to pay attention to or understand the full story (like
Little Red Riding Hood below). But, you can talk about the pictures in the book and name the objects you are both looking at.
Your baby will have favorite stories before he or she walks, talks or signs. Your child will enjoy a book if:
Every time you share books, your baby's participation will grow. You may find yourself telling more and more of the story that is actually on the pages. You are building a basis for language, reading and having favorite books.
Small children and babies like books that can be handled, dropped, chewed and looked at many times. To very young children, the stories in the book won't be nearly as important as pointing out to you all the exciting pictures, shapes and colors they notice.