Research has shown that reading aloud to children is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning, and reading to infants contributes to the development of their growing brains and gives them a good start towards a lifelong love of reading and enjoyment of literature. Children whose parents read to them get a strong head start on the development of language skills and literacy.
So Friends of the Library – Waikoloa Region (FL-WR) is pleased to announce that we are joining hands with North Hawaii Community Hospital to provide new parents in the birthing center with the baby book On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier. It is in a board book format that is easy for babies to hold and manipulate and stands up well to wear and tear. We hope that both the parents and the babies enjoy it, and that it is just the start to enjoying children’s books in their homes.
Many thanks go to FL-WR Vice President of Programs and Activities, Amalia Mueller, for her creativity and persistence in organizing and putting this project into motion, as well to all our donors who help to sponsor such worthwhile literacy programs.