Every child deserves good books, from the Womb and Beyond.Imagine the warmth and security of the womb, which houses the developing child.Introduce the waiting being to familiar voices which provide auditory stimulation through oral reading of nature…

Every child deserves good books, from the Womb and Beyond.

Imagine the warmth and security of the womb, which houses the developing child.

Introduce the waiting being to familiar voices which provide auditory stimulation through oral reading of nature-themed picture books.

Using the acronym “WOMB”, let’s talk about ways to support development through picture book reading about the natural world while your child is nestled in his or her fluid rich home.


Photo by Jonathan Borba on UnsplashW: Walk out physically or virtually, in your backyard or favorite nature space, or recall a pleasant childhood memory of a nature walk or excursion.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

W: Walk out physically or virtually, in your backyard or favorite nature space, or recall a pleasant childhood memory of a nature walk or excursion.


Photo by Lethicia Matos on UnsplashO: Observe your surroundings. What do you see, smell, feel, hear, or taste? Focus on any one or several of these sensory channels. What resonates with you?Check out or download several nature-themed picture books o…

Photo by Lethicia Matos on Unsplash

O: Observe your surroundings. What do you see, smell, feel, hear, or taste? Focus on any one or several of these sensory channels. What resonates with you?

Check out or download several nature-themed picture books on these experiences from the library, an online provider, or purchase them if you can, to begin creating your child’s nature library.


M: Make memories by planning moments in time to meet with your baby to provide opportunities for hearing the language of nature’s pages. Choose a comfortable pace to read to your little darling. Notice how your ‘sweet pea’ responds! Are there differ…

M: Make memories by planning moments in time to meet with your baby to provide opportunities for hearing the language of nature’s pages. Choose a comfortable pace to read to your little darling. Notice how your ‘sweet pea’ responds! Are there differences in response to your voice compared to the voices of other family members? Record and describe these events in a pregnancy journal. Share them with your child later in life to deepen your bond.


B: Brain-build via auditory input by reading nature stories aloud to the unique person developing inside that special place…A place to be fed not only physical food, but cognitive and emotional food as well.In my profession as a speech-language path…

B: Brain-build via auditory input by reading nature stories aloud to the unique person developing inside that special place…A place to be fed not only physical food, but cognitive and emotional food as well.

In my profession as a speech-language pathologist, I saw firsthand how essential quality children’s literature is to supporting cognitive, oral language, and early literacy skills in young children. There’s no better time to start than from the womb and beyond!

If you share my passion to bring children’s picture books about nature themes to the young children in your world, or to those who may not have access to good books, I invite you to get several copies of my picture books to give away as gifts. Click on the books link on this site.

Considering the times in which we live, this act of kindness is one way that we can all help nurture the growth and development of these precious lives. Nature is the gift that keeps giving!

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