Read It Play ItRead It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers, by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, introduces new parents to the power of books, songs, stories and play at this crucial time in a child's development.


Studies show that it's never too soon to start reading to your baby. Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers' easy to follow format provides the resources, games and activities that new parents need to have at their fingertips.


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Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddler is now available in Spanish!


The full title in Spanish is: A Leer! Y Jugar!: Con Bebes Y Ninos Pequenos.


As featured on NBC's Today Show! Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers has many examples parents can use to integrate books, songs, stories and play into their child's development. The easy to follow format provides games and activities that extend the value of books that every child should know.

Read It! Play It! offers parents a suggested reading list of 50 books for kids 3-8, as well as ways to help kids keep their language, math, science and writing skills sharp while on summer vacation.

As authors of Read It! Play It! and contributors to The Today Show, Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim, encourage parents to share a wonderful book with their children and then do a related project.

Each of the fifty books reviewed in Read It! Play It! come with a suggested activity that enhances the child's appreciation of the book experience through play.

Designed for busy parents, the projects include

  • Arts & Crafts : exposing kids to other cultures through crafts;
  • Kitchen Science : making crayon muffins and butter; and
  • Dramatic Play: putting on your own circus.

The Read It! Play It! Literacy Initiative is being sponsored by The Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, Inc. and LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. These companies share our commitment to reaching at-risk children with the program and are making possible a donation of 10,000 books to the nation's leading non-profit literacy organization, Reading Is Fundamental RIF will make available the Read It! Play It! book to its Family of ReadersT Programs nationwide. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio will also donate a portion of the sales of the book to RIF.

The overall goal of Read It! Play It! is to encourage a life long love of reading by introducing kids to wonderful stories and engaging activities that promote a positive attitude towards reading.


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