During the first months of life, the baby listens to his mother’s voice, his father’s voice or that of the person taking care of him. From these voices, the baby starts to build up his own voice and his personal language. At the same time, he learns to identify the voices of those who surround him. And while they sing a song or tell a story, the child discovers the poetic voice of the people around him, the melodious and singing voice that is so different from the everyday voice that gives orders and information needed for everyday life. This poetic voice is not only more beautiful, it tells little stories too, sings songs and nursery rhymes that introduce the child in the universe of literature and prepares his sensibility for these artistic forms, the simplest ones, the most archaic ones.
It is very important that we sing to babies, that we tell them not only one but many, many stories, at the most diverse moments of the day, in every occasion possible: invented stories, read or remembered, heard stories...
These moments of story telling are privileged moments, full of tenderness and suspense during which the child may discover, even before learning to read, the magic of literature, the story’s power.
We are taught that the child who listens to stories when he is a baby, lives within the stories, like they were part of him. Only later, after having heard many stories, he starts to keep the stories at a distance, like something exterior to him that he now may integrate better.
Learning to read is also learning to communicate... To this end, we at Reibmans believe in the diversity of literature for the child. We carry titles from Random House, Chronicle Books, Usborn Books, DK Publishing, Harper Collins and Penguin. It is our mission to bring the best in titles for children from birth to age 6. Oftentimes, we couple these books with interactive toys that in time become the imaginative child's best friend.