Written by Samantha Berger      

Illustrated by Mary Beth Nelson

As you read together, you can celebrate the special moments in your child’s development.

If you are reading with your baby, you might:

  • Tell him about how much he is growing, just like Marty! (“Look, you can clap your hands together now!”)
  • Cuddle her close and say what you love about her.
  • Point to and talk about what’s happening in the pictures.
  • Read it again! Babies love repetition and hearing their parents’ voices.

If you are reading with your toddler, you might:

  • Tell her about how much she is growing!
  • Cuddle him close and say what you love about him.
  • Talk about what she was doing at Marty’s age and all she can do now.
  • Encourage her to help you turn the pages.

If you are reading with your preschooler, you might:

  • Talk about how much he is growing!
  • Cuddle her close and say what you love about her.
  • Talk about what he was doing at Marty’s age and all he can do now.
  • Help build language skills by asking questions as you read (“What was your favorite toy when you were Marty’s age?”) and talking about the pictures.