Reading is much more than calling out words on a page. In fact, we believe that written words are not needed in books for the entire first year of life. We emphasize looking at pictures, talking about the pictures and cuddling while doing so. We encourage turning off the television and having a quiet, attentive verbal time with your child. We value reading multicultural books where children can see themselves depicted in the books. We underscore how important the combination of language stimulation and social/emotional interaction is to a childs literacy development and overall well-being.