After almost 2 years of being a first-time dad, I can honestly tell you that it's not easy. I have learned that babies love reading!

Ok well, I could be wrong. Maybe not all babies love reading, but I know my son does. He's loved reading since he was only a few months old. At first, I heard people saying that reading to babies helped their development but I didn't really believe it. I just did it cause I wanted my wife to be happy. (Don't tell her that part) Here we are almost two years later and reading is one of his favorite things to do. Early morning, midday, late at night, the time of day doesn't matter. He's always running to his collection of books and opening it up to read. It's really a beautiful thing to see.

I remember him being 3 months old and loving reading his Sesame Street book.

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My son's all-time favorite book is "Hey Black Child."  since he was a little baby, he loved reading this book. I know it's hard to believe, so look for yourself.


My wife recently signed up for a program for kids where they send free books. The best part is, it's completely free and you don't have to pay for anything at all. The program is called Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.

My son just got his first book from the program and he loves it! I'm sure there are kids in Tuscaloosa that would love to read these amazing books. Parents can click this link to see if Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is available in your area.

(Source) To learn more about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library click here. 


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