Talking Is Teaching

Talking, reading and singing to your baby are the easiest ways to help them grow up smarter, happier and with a brighter future to look forward to. In fact 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of three, and your words are a very influential part of that development. Even before your child can talk back, your words help their brain grow.

Explore The Sesame Street Family Guide

Your child’s brain starts forming before he’s even born. Children learn best when they do things with someone they love — like you! You have the power to shape your child’s learning by sharing everyday loving moments together.

Sesame Workshop and Too Small to Fail created this guide to help you fill each day with words, stories, songs … and love. Inside are tips and activities around talking, reading and singing with your children. You will also find Milestone Cards to use as your child grows.

You know your little one best. Choose the ideas you want to explore with your child … and let the fun begin!

Download the Family Guide.

Download the Storybook.

Our Baby Line

We know it’s not always easy to talk to babies—especially when they can’t talk back—so we’ve partnered with Oaklandish to create a line of clothing and items covered with stuff to talk to your baby about.

All of these items will be distributed free of charge at hospitals, pediatric clinics, family playgroups, and childcare programs in Oakland and Tulsa.

However, we are also selling the items, and with each purchase, we’ll donate an item to a family in need. To purchase any of the items, click on the links below.

Let's talk about color

2T T-Shirt

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Let’s talk about bedtime


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Let’s talk about
hands and feet

3-6 Month Onesie

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Let’s talk about
bath time

Hooded towel

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Other Resources

Want more? You can find additional tools and information here. And tips from our friends at First 5 California can be found here.

About Us

Talking is Teaching / Talk Read Sing is a campaign of Too Small to Fail in partnership with various organizations that are dedicated to improving early childhood development:

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bay Area Council

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation

CAP Tulsa

Tulsa Educare

George Kaiser Family Foundation

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Reach Out and Read

Sesame Workshop

Scholastic Inc.


We are currently active in Oakland and Tulsa, but will be in other communities soon. To read more or join our mailing list, click here.

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