CAPTAIN’S FLAT AUTHOR Kelly (KM Wade), has just published a new personalised book specifically designed to kickstart the development of new-borns and babies up to six months of age.
Research has shown that babies under six months of age favour black and white images as their colour perception is underdeveloped and they prefer to look at high contrast colour palettes, easily perceiving black and white and very limited colour in reds, greens and yellows.
Kelly’s new book Where’s My Teddy? features bold black and white pictures to calm babies and boost their eye and brain development while the accompanying story is designed with all the features that are important for young babies while being interesting for adults to read.
The book can be personalised to feature the baby’s name in the title, such as Where’s Scarlett’s Teddy?, making it a treasured keepsake as well as a special gift.
The book is about a child who is ready for bed but can’t go to sleep until they have found their teddy, featuring key images and words of objects familiar to the baby such as ‘rattle’ and ‘teddy’.
Vision, IQ, language and bonding benefits
“A huge body of research tells us that reading out loud to children from birth is really beneficial for language and literacy development, among other things. Scientists have also demonstrated many benefits to showing newborns black and white images. So when my daughter was born, I thought I’d combine the two and read her books with black and white illustrations,” said Kelly.
“When I couldn’t find any books with black and white images and words, I set out to create my own – that’s how Where’s My Teddy? was born,” she explained.
Showing black and white images to babies has a number of developmental benefits including increasing attention, concentration and curiosity and stimulating brain cell connections. It also helps babies develop a strong ability to learn new things.
“Scientists have even shown that the effects of early visual stimulation are still apparent two or more years later, so I know that reading this book to my daughter gave her the best start when it came to developing her vision,” said Kelly. “And I can’t wait to start reading my son his own copy when he is born,” she added.
For really young children, the benefits of reading to them cannot be stated enough. It’s been shown to increase IQ; help babies develop a broader vocabulary; build the foundations for a love of books and learning; and promote bonding between babies and their parents and other carers.
The addition of black and white images also benefits young babies and their vision development. Kelly wanted to create a book that was stimulating for adults to read to their children. “I wanted this book to be something that parents and carers would enjoy sharing with their babies, so I crafted a proper story to go with the illustrations – no single word pages in this book!”
— Kelly Wade. Images supplied.
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Each book is printed in Australia so purchasing a copy for a loved one or friend supports other Australian businesses as well as a local author. Books can be purchased directly from the author’s website. For those wishing to give this book to a parent-to-be who hasn’t yet announced their child’s name, gift cards are also available by emailing the author. All email enquiries can be directed to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.