The first steps that children will take towards reading starts at infancy.
The most important thing you can do for your newborn child is to talk to them! Watching your lips move, feeling the vibration of the sounds is an important baseline for literacy.
It is important to encourage babies to point to pictures in books and for the caregiver to slowly say the word that the child is pointing at. It is important to use Felt Story pieces when doing this with babies because it can add an element of sensory to the experience. For example the baby will look at a bird in a book, hold a bird Felt Story piece and hear the word Bird. The child uses three of their senses to help them learn! This can help lay the foundation for literacy!