Reading for babies

Reading for babies:

Based on the theory of Early Literacy, as defined by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) as “what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write on their own.”.

“Bebelê Project (Reading for babies) is a program maintened by Biblioteca de Sao Paulo ( which offers storytelling session for children from 6 months to 4 years, and allows the loan of kits with books and puppet to continue the play at home. […] It works like this: children and their caregivers take part in a story-telling session and then borrow a kit (a two-book bag and a puppet) to continue the play at home.
The goal is to show parents and caregivers of infants and children the importance of reading and interacting with stories and books, and their positive consequences on child development.
The program has now been expanded to over ten public libraries in the country side of São Paulo state.”

Source (in portuguese): (Dec 15th, 2016)

As was stated in (site no longer exists) “The program stimulates six skills:

  • Interest in reading books and other printed materials;
  • Ability to listen and play with the sounds of words;
  • Extension of the vocabulary through the recognition of the names of objects, concepts, feelings and ideas;
  • Ability to tell stories, describe situations, narrate events in sequence and recount them;
  • How to handle a book, recognize the words and point the letters everywhere you look;
  • Identification of letters individually and perception that each one has different sounds and names.”

Other initiatives:

Lê no ninho (Brazil): and
Omaha Public Library (United States):
Toronto Public Library (Canada): . Find information about guide to Toronto Public Library Guide
Brooklyn Public Library (United States):


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