More on the BBB Program

Initiatied in 2006, the Babies, Books and Bonding program provides age appropriate board books to children and families both on and off reserve in northern Saskatchewan through nurses who provide childhood immunizations at well-child clinics. Through the program, nurses provide books along with an overview  of the importance and benefits of reading to infants and children at five points of contact: prenatal/newborn, six months, 12 months, 18 months, two years and four years. During these well-child visits, parents and families are encouraged, regardless of their reading level, to tell stories to their child and to make up stories based on the pictures in the books. In the 2016-17 year, the Babies, Books and Bonding program distributed just over 3000 books to 19 northern Saskatchewan community clinics.

Literacy achievement has been closely linked to language exposure in infants and toddlers1.Research has shown that when health care professionals discuss literacy development with parents, and provide them with tools such as age appropriate books it can have a positive effect on family attitudes towards reading, reading frequency and pre-school language scores2,3. Literacy achievement is linked to higher levels of employment and income, and reduced health risk behaviours such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor nutrition2.

Impact of the Babies, Books and Bonding Early Literacy Program

 Babies Books and Bonding Evaluation 15-16

Download a pdf version of the Babies, Books and Bonding Evaluation 2015-16.

References:

1. McCain M. Mustard JF. Reversing the Real Brain Drain: Early Years Study
Final Report, Ontario Children’s Secretariat, Publications Ontario 1999.

2. Canadian Pediatric Society Community Pediatrics Committee. Read, speak, sing: Promoting literacy in the physician’s office. Paediatr Child Health 2006; 11(9): 601-6.

3. Needlman R, Silverstein M. Pediatric interventions to support reading aloud: How good is the evidence? J Dev Behav Pediatr 2004; 25:352-63.