Tracy in a garden with Bookbug bunting

Tracy Talks: Borrowing Books

Tracy shares some tips for encouraging families to take books home with them after a Bookbug session.

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Author Debi Gliori

How picture books help children talk about their feelings

Illustrator and writer, Debi Gliori, explains how picture books can help children find a way to express how they feel and address their fears and anxieties. 

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Dad reading with two sons

You Choose

You Choose is an exciting book –like the Dad in the video says – it can be different every time you share it. The family have a great time chatting through different pages.

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Dr Nashwa Matta

Dr Nashwa Matta: The Impact of Sharing Stories, Songs and Rhymes with Babies in Neonatal Care

Dr Matta, Associate Specialist in Neonatology and Child Development explores the ways that very young babies communicate with us.

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Tracy singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Tracy Talks: Using Action Songs and Rhymes

Tracy Cooper talks about the many benefits of including action songs in your Bookbug sessions

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Mum reading to her baby bump

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

A song or rhyme book is a perfect choice to read to your baby before they are born – and after too. Babies pick up on rhythm and rhyme more easily than regular speech and they will recognise the pattern of the sounds when they are born.

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Mother reading to infant

Peekaboo! in the Jungle

Although the baby in this video is having a sleepy cuddle, Mum takes this opportunity to gently share this lovely peekaboo book. She reads it in a soothing and gentle tone, so it’s a great time for baby to feel her voice while being close and snuggled up.

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Mum and Dad reading with daughter

Flip and Find Farmers

As soon as Dad shares the title of the book, the wee girl points to the farmer on the cover. Mum and Dad give her plenty of time to look at the pages, but follow her lead when she folds over the flap to show that she wants to move on.

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Maisy's Bus

Maisy's Bus

All aboard! This family love sharing Maisy’s Bus together. It provides a great chance for them to talk about what they like, what they dislike. Mum links what is happening in the story to their own experience and to things around them.

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