Neil O’Styke of The Neonatal Trust said that the Trust had long advocated the benefits of reading to babies, so it was fitting to be launching a campaign with Book Island.
“Like anyone else, babies benefit from being read to. There are many studies that show babies who are read to have improved mental development, vocabulary and intelligence over those who don’t.”
“We also see other benefits for premature or sick babies. From very early on they can recognise the tone of voice and speech patterns of their families, so reading provides a real opportunity for babies and their families to bond. That’s something that’s not always so straightforward when your life starts out in an incubator.”
Publisher Greet Pauwelijn is very excited about collaborating with The Neonatal Trust for the first time.
We know how much time new families spend at the neonatal unit and books are a fantastic way to both bond with baby and entertain siblings during that long wait before baby comes home.”
Mr O’Styke said the Trust was thrilled to be able to work with Book Island.
If you’d like to support the Trust and get your hands on some wonderful new books, visit www.bookisland.co.nz. Shipping is free to all non-rural addresses.
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