bookish (ˈbo͝okiSH) adj. 1. of, relating to, or resembling a book. 2. Fond of books; studious. 3. Relying chiefly on book learning: took a bookish rather than a pragmatic approach in solving the problem. 4. Pedantic; dull*(see note below). 5. Literary and formal in tone.” -The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language, Fourth Edition

“Over the first year of life, babies learn to sit, to stand, and to explore objects with their eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and hands. They also learn to understand and respond to your words and your emotions. Most important, they learn to trust. Looking at and talking about books with babies in the first year of their life strengthens all of these abilities.” -“Sharing Books With Your Baby Up to 11 Months,” – American Academy of Pediatrics Literacy Toolkit

*I don’t consider myself dull, but I am awfully fond of books. I know that babies are, too, and babies are the least dull people I’ve ever met. In fact, reading often to babies helps them be decidedly un-dull (and maybe downright excited, interesting, and eager). Please join me as I explore the world of early literacy through the lens of children’s librarianship, and feel free to join the conversation!