Thank you, Moonbeam!

Moonbeam AwardWe are thrilled, honored, touched, and grateful to be awarded the 2014 Moonbeam Awards Gold Medal for Board Books.

GoodnightWe believe this recognition is a wonderful sign: Clearly, awareness is growing about the value of reading to babies in utero. Establishing a practice of family storytime by reading to babies before and after birth is the first step in fostering in our children a lifelong love of reading and learning, as well as family and social bonding. It’s our dream that someday soon this will be a universal practice with lasting benefits for families everywhere.

Thanks also to our dear readers for your support in this exciting journey!

 

What should I read to my baby in the womb?

RThe research confirms: the best kind of story to read to your baby in utero is . . .

Rhythmic
Repetitive
Rhyming

In other words, Rollicking! And Recognizable even from within the muffled environment of the womb.

Now, what more rollicking poetry is there than the limerick form? Something like Edward Lear’s:

LearThere was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”

But we can do even better than Mr. Lear when it comes to a perfectly rollicking limerick that expresses your joyful anticipation of the birth of your baby! Just for a sample:

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A bouncy-seat when you are tiny

But someday you’ll crawl, walk and run
I will cry “Peek-a-boo!”
For a giggle from you
Oh, I can’t wait to show you the fun!

 
Yes, our very own baby-bump-shaped board book, Can’t Wait to Show You: A Celebration for Mothers-to-Be. And for just this week we’re offering it to you, our dear Reading Womb readers, for a special price.

Go to Amazon and enter the promo code N26VPJ3D to get $1.00 off until May 31, 2014. Enjoy!

Celebrate National Reading Month!

Read Aloud MonthMarch is National Reading Month, and organizations all over the U.S. are commemorating it with activities to spread the love of reading. The National Education Association celebrated Read Across America Day on March 3 with fun events in schools, libraries, and community centers around the country. And the nonprofit organization Read Aloud 15 Minutes, whose mission is to “make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care,” has gone a step further and declared March National Read Aloud Month! The organization’s central message is that . . .

Celebrating National Read Aloud Day in Kalona, IA

When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.

Hear, hear! And of course we have to add that this 15 minutes of reading time with your child can begin even before birth. In the last three months of pregnancy, when the baby’s brain and auditory system are already developed enough for her to hear and recognize sounds, you can start practicing this important reading routine and start enjoying the feeling of sharing the love of language with your child.

BeforeWe gave our friends the opportunity to test-drive our new book, Can’t Wait to Show You, while it was still in prototype form. They soon got used to the rather odd feeling of reading to an unseen audience and began to make an emotional connection to the story itself. The pleasure of the rhymes and rhythms was multiplied by their knowledge that the baby inside was taking it all in and might remember it after birth.

After

Lo and behold, when their baby was born they soon got a chance to see the magic for themselves. They read Can’t Wait to Show You to the newborn on a fussy day and were amazed to see him settle down and attend to the familiar words. Reading time continues to be a cherished part of their day and these proud parents say this is one of their little boy’s favorite books. This new family wholeheartedly agrees, It’s Never Too Early to Read to Your Baby!

So, from all your little friends at Belly Books, Happy National Reading  Month!

Belly Babies

Announcing!

 

20140225-BELLYBOOKS-FC-AMZN-1Our brand-new book,
Can’t Wait to Show You:
A Celebration for Mothers-to-Be
has finally arrived!

Can’t Wait to Show You is the first member of the Belly Books Collection, durable board books made in the USA — and written and illustrated by your friends at The Reading Womb, Susan Lupone Stonis and Jacqueline Boyle.

Belly Books are inspired by the wealth of scientific evidence (with which our readers are already familiar) showing the powerful effects of reading to babies in utero. The rhythmic, repetitive story, read regularly during the last trimester, soothes and stimulates your baby before and after he or she is born. At the same time, the sweet verses and illustrations allow you to celebrate this time of joyful anticipation.

20140225-BELLYBOOKS-016And look! It’s got a uniquely rounded shape to fit comfortably over your belly! 


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‘Cause we can’t wait to show you!

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Dear Readers,

You asked for it and it’s finally here: the perfect book to read to your baby in the womb!

Watch for the exciting announcement of our “due date.”

Love,

Your friends at The Reading Womb