Tips on Reading to Your Toddler
Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book
Toddlers move! Don’t worry if they act our stories or just skip or tumble as you read to them. They are listening
Recite rhymes, sing songs, and make mistakes
Allow your toddler to finish a phrase or chant a refrain. Once they know the book well, make a silly mistake – toddlers love to correct you!
Choose engaging books
Books with animals, machines, flaps, textures, or detailed illustrations all encourage movement, exploration, and interaction.
Keep reading short, simple and often
Toddlers frequently have even shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short and simple.
Choose books about everyday experiences and feelings
Your child will identify with the characters as they dress, eat, visit, nap, and play
Ask questions and listen to answers
Encourage your toddler to tell you what he or she thinks. You’ll build language skills and learn what makes your toddler tick at the same time.