Raise Bookworm Babies Through Conversation

Ready To Learn The Bookworm Babies Method? Try the Conversation Starters Below.

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Please Note: The Bookworm Babies Handbook applies The Bookworm Babies Method of conversational book-sharing to 20 popular book titles. The three excerpts below are from the section of Bookworm Babies dedicated to children with some language skills.

Bookworm Babies Excerpts: Read. Converse. Nurture. Impact.

What is The Bookworm Babies Method?

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Most parents pick up a book and read to their child. Teachers pick up a book, read with their child, and then engage in conversations. The difference in methods is profound. 


There are many ways to interact with books. The Bookworm Babies Method of book-sharing seeks to move beyond the words on the page through conversation.


Educators often refer to reading as an opportunity to look through a window or gaze into a mirror. When you enter into conversational book-sharing, you look through a window into your child’s personality, and see the reflection of your own life experiences. 


The conversation starters in Bookworm Babies introduce your child to concepts related science, mathematics, language, art, critical thinking, and movement, all while creating a shared bond and instilling a love of books from a very young age. 


We have applied The Bookworm Babies Method to 20 companion books! Be sure to pick up one (or all) with your purchase of Bookworm Babies.

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Try The Bookworm Babies Method

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Try The Bookworm Babies Method with your little one! On this page we have published three conversation starters from 

Bookworm Babies 

Read. Converse. Nurture. Impact. 


Reading Tip: Whenever you introduce a new book, try to read through the whole story first, before you begin using the conversation starters in Bookworm Babies. Reading through a story preserves the integrity and nature of a book. In addition, exposing your child to the beginning, middle, and end of a book is important for the reading and learning experience.


Please Note: 

The excerpts below are from the section of Bookworm Babies dedicated to children with some language skills.


The Bookworm Babies 20 Companion Books

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  • Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson 
  • BIG Little by Leslie Patricelli
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type! by Doreen Cronin
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
  • Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
  • I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises by Dr. Seuss
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfizer
  • Where is Maisy? by Lucy Cousins

The Rainbow Fish

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The Bookworm Babies Method

Use The Rainbow Fish to: 

Identify the Colors of the Rainbow


Teachers often use books to illustrate basic scientific concepts. Help your child understand the title of The Rainbow Fish by pointing out the colors of the rainbow found on the Rainbow Fish. A rainbow is formed when sunlight passes through water at a certain angle. The colors of the rainbow are always red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. With your finger, point to the different colors on the Rainbow Fish. You might say: 


The author, Marcus Pfister, says this is a rainbow fish. A real rainbow has seven colors. Let’s see if we can find all seven colors on this fish. One of the colors of the rainbow is red. Can you find a red scale on The Rainbow Fish? The next color of the rainbow is orange. He has an orange scale near his tail. Can you find it? Continue in this way until you identify all seven colors of the rainbow. 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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The Bookworm Babies Method

Use Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to:

Make Connections 


Educators ask children to make connections to stories and text in order to increase comprehension. Spend some time on each page of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom narrating the pictures. Tell your little one what is happening, and make connections to other books and to your own life. For example, during the second half of the story, some of the letters have special features. On the page with the “skinned-knee D and stubbed-toe E and patched-up F,” you might say: 


Look at the letter F. The letter F needs a bandage. Sometimes when you get hurt, we give you a bandage too. The letter F must have gotten hurt when the tree fell over. What color is his bandage? Are your bandages green, too? When I was little, I sometimes had bandages because I scraped my knees playing outside. Have you ever scraped your knees? While you narrate, you and your little one can incorporate what you see, predict what you think might happen, ask questions, speak from personal experience, or even make up a story to go with the picture.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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The Bookworm Babies Method

Use If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to: Consider the Concept of Cause and Effect 


Teachers often use books to illustrate basic scientific concepts. Help your child understand the concept of cause and effect in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. As you read, explain why the mouse keeps asking for something new each time the boy gives him an item. For example, on the two-page spread where the boy asks for a straw, you might say: 


Look at the mouse. He is very small. The glass of milk the boy gives to the mouse is too big. If the mouse tried to tip the glass in order to drink the milk, what would happen? Yes, it would cause the milk to spill. That is why the mouse asks for a straw. Now that the mouse has a straw, what effect will that have? Yes, he will be able to drink the milk. Look, the mouse finished eating the cookie and drinking the milk. His mouth is dirty. This causes the mouse to ask for a napkin. What do you think he will do with the napkin? Yes, he will clean his face.

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