I am a massive Dr. Seuss fan – I know that not everyone appreciates his rhymes and humour but I think they’re brilliant. And there is method to the madness.
Much like fairytales, there are some real and relevant themes that lurk beneath the craziness: the destruction of the environment (“The Lorax”), an elephant that perseveres (“Horton Hatches the egg”), a ‘thing’ ventures outside the box to try something new (“Green Eggs and Ham”) plus a host of menacing characters and dark (but astute) observations on human nature.
Now obviously your 6-month-old is not really all that interested in the nuances of social commentary as presented through literature BUT Dr. Seuss is relevant to babies because of the rhymes – which teach children phonemic awareness (awareness of how to listen to, identify, and change around the sounds in spoken language).
In other words, rhyming enhances children’s oral awareness and prepares them for learning to read.
Ask any teacher you know.
So what do you read to your babs?
The Dr Seuss brand has a ’Nursery Collection’ and a ‘Bright 7 Early Board books Range’ – both suitable for children from birth to 3 years of age. Most of the books in these series have been adapted from Dr. Seuss’s well-known tales, to suit a younger audience.
But there are also some really simple stories that I have read both my girls since they were tiny babies – “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket” (one of my faves) and “Hop on Pop” are examples. Even if your tiny baby just gapes at you while you read, there is value in those little ears hearing your voice sounding words and creating expression.
To find out more about what books you can get for your baby, visit Seussville.com which features an age-guide to all of the author’s books – most of which are available on Amazon (and all are available on the site if you feel like ordering from the USA).
What Dr. Seuss book would you recommend for children under the age of one?