For Very Literary Babies

A Library of Classics, Edited for the Teething Set

“‘If we’re going to play classical music to our babies in the womb and teach them foreign languages at an early age, then we’re going to want to expose babies to fine art and literature,’ said Linda Bubon, an owner and children’s book buyer at Women & Children First, a bookstore in Chicago. ‘Now we know there are things we can do to stimulate the mind of a baby.'”

“Cindy Hudson, a guidebook author and mother of two in Portland, Ore., who runs a Web site suggesting books for parents to read with their children, said she doubted a baby would “benefit intellectually” from being exposed to Tolstoy or the Brontë sisters.”

A Library of Classics, Edited for the Teething Set

As well as reading board books and bathtub books and Little Golden Books and any other children’s books I could get my hands on, I was guilty of reading to my babies from whatever novel I happened to be engrossed in at the time. Was their contentment and attention not just about the sound of my voice? Read the rest of A Library of Classics, Edited for the Teething Set at the New York Times and tell me what you think?

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