28 29 After reading, ask this open-ended question: Why did Amari decide to help Nia and Baby Jax? Possible answers: because she knew that Nia was upset about not finishing the nursery; because she really loves Nia and Baby Jax; because she wanted to do something nice for her neighbors 1. Visit a friend’s young baby or a hospital nursery to see the newborn babies. 2. Prepare a special dish for a neighbor who is ill, elderly, or has a new baby in the house. Firefighters in local firehouses also like to receive special treats from the neighbors they help protect. 3. Decorate a shoebox as if it were a new bedroom for a young child or a new baby. Talk about the furniture that is used in different rooms of the house and how a baby’s room uses different furniture than a bigger kid’s room. 4. Write a book for a special neighbor or family member. Draw pictures and write the story of a special event. 5. Plan a surprise for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Take pictures of the event and create a scrapbook story afterwards as a memory book of the event. 6. Attend a“Do-It-Yourself”workshop at your local hardware store with your child(ren) and you can build something together just like Will and his dad built the crib. 7. You and your child can play pretend and dress up as doctors! You can talk and sing to a baby doll just like they do in the NICU at Grady Hospital. 8. Plan a neighborhood block party or picnic to get to know your neighbors better! 9. Make“Get Well Soon”cards and bring them to the hospital to brighten a patient’s day! Also, you and your child(ren) could make“Thank You”cards to bring to the doctors and nurses at the hospital for all their hard work and service! 10. Go to www.readrightfromthestart.org and watch“Talk With Me Baby”if you want to: • Learn more about how and why you need to have meaningful conversations with your baby! • Become a coach to empower and support families so they too can engage in meaningful conversations with their young children. Now that you’ve read this story with your child, GO and make the book come alive by trying some of these activities. “We are so lucky to have such caring and helpful people in our lives. You have given us the greatest gift of all,” said Nia.