This research driven book is a resource for early childhood educators to help parents explore the importance of language development in children as early as birth. It provides an engaging approach to increasing language skills through interactive games and activities.This book addresses recent research that supports the idea that the socio-economic 'achievement gap' can mostly be accounted for by variations in the quality of early language experience. It is designed to help caregivers of children from birth to first grade build active, engaging, and productive language skills in young children. It includes both explanations of research and effective practices for building language, as well as games, rhymes, and anecdotes. The book takes a developmental course, beginning by discussing babies' babbles and moving through first words, question-asking, pretend play, and school language. It also looks at bilingualism, child-care, and building family-friendly communities.