At just two years of age, my first daughter could "read" books to me. In reality, she had them memorized word-for-word. It was amazing and so cute to listen to her read. Now that she is five and in preschool, we've been working on teaching her to read "for real".
I love this literacy tip from Usborne Books:
Ask your child to read a page from a familiar book backwards. It's a great way to test if your child is actually reading, and it's really funny because it makes no sense at all.
I LOVE this idea, because her little mind is so good at memorizing, that I always wonder if what she is reading is just memorized or if she is actually reading.
When I had my first child, my most favorite gift that I received at the baby shower was children's books. It is never too early to start reading to babies and infants. Now whenever I give a gift to a new mother, I always include at least one book for her new baby. Researchers have found that babies and infants prefer:
Books with high contrast illustrations or simple photos
To look at people and familiar things