"The ability to use language is not something that children suddenly or automatically develop. It is a culmination of experiences with language that begin at birth. Sharing stories and other story experiences with infants and toddlers is critical to building their emerging literacy skills. At the same time, it expands their experience and understanding of the world and is a wonderful opportunity for fostering close relationships between child and parent." This book is a publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.