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Books play an important role in the learning of language and development. Start reading simple picture books with babies as early as you can. Babies will enjoy the sound of your voice, this can help to settle them before they go for a sleep. As they develop, move onto simple story books, and interactive ones that 'pop up' or have flaps to lift. Stories at bedtime establishes a routine for older children. If children enjoy books then they will learn how to handle them nicely, and by the time they are ready to learn to read, you hope they'll be keen to!