Book Review: At The Park & Bedtime Small Talk Books
Small Talk is a book on speech development for parents to help them understand how language begins and how they can encourage their children’s language from birth to the age four. The book was created by Nicola Lathey, a specialist speech and language therapist for very young children, and Tracey Blake, an experienced parenting journalist. The duo behind Small Talk has now teamed up with Campbell Books to develop these two charming and speech boosting baby board books designed to help little ones taking their first steps in communicating with words.
The range includes two books —At The Park and Bedtime. Every page in these books is specially designed to encourage babies to use a sound, word or a sign. The illustrations by Ailie Busby are so sweet and gorgeous and help illustrate movements and words. The text is simple but catchy and repetitive to get babies hooked into the rhythm of the story and to join in when they can. Parents model the words, sounds or signs and the babies copy and learn. This kind of focus on communication can really help unlock babies’ desires to communicate and kick start language development.
I’m reading these books with both my girls. My toddler loves the sweet pictures and the familiar activities of going to the park and getting ready for bed. She already speaks well but still loves hearing the story and looking at the pictures. She reads the books on her own too! My baby is three months old now and she enjoys hearing the words and smiles at the repetitions. I’m sure the books will help with her language development as we read them over and over.
Find out more about these books and how to help children to start talking in the video featuring Nicola Lathey below:
I'm a mum in my early 30s with over 15 years of childcare experience working as a private nanny, babysitter and a few years as a nursery teacher. I am also an approved foster carer and now I've got my own family too! I love finding great products for babies, children and mums.