Leaps in vocabulary

Kids make big leaps in vocabulary during in toddlerhood, and learn about letters, shapes, colors, weather, animals, seasons – all of which can be reinforced through books.

Reading out loud to kids

Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your family’s schedule and stick to it every day.

Reading and positive association

Have positive associations with reading. If feeling tense or your child is resisting, set book aside & returning to it later.

Summer reading activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer.

Have fun while reading

Not having fun? Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start.

Read a Valentine’s Story

Lots of libraries will be doing Valentine’s day specials for kids today, and if not, you can always find a cute Valentine’s kid book at your local book store.

Energizing the reading experience

When reading to your child read with expression using different voices for different characters.

Choosing children’s books

Choose children’s books with large print words and extremely clear pictures. This will help your child to understand what they are seeing and to learn to read words.

Toddler attention span tip

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book. They may be moving, but they are listening.

Reading is important

Help your child see that reading is important. Set a good example for your child by reading books, newspapers and magazines.

Getting the most out of reading to a child

Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it’s appropriate or using different voices for different characters.

Read every day

Try to set aside time to read every day – perhaps before nap time and bedtime.

Selecting books for toddlers

Select books that appeal to infants & toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between picture and page and rhythmic writing

Spark creativity when reading

Use stories as an opportunity to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects.

How language and thought are learned

Language & speech are primarily learned through imitation & observation. During infancy, babies listen & they pay close attention

Keep reading short, simple, and often

Keep reading short, simple, & often. Toddlers frequently have shorter attention spans than babies. Read a little bit, several times a day

The benefits of pausing while reading

Pause while reading to show pictures. Share reactions to the story through your voice or gestures & encourage child to react too.

Encourage reading

Encourage reading by keeping books visible and at the child’s level.

Selecting toddler books

Select books that appeal to infants and toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between the picture and the page, rhythmic writing, and plots that are simple but engaging.

Have a special place for reading

Create a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write and draw. Keep books and other reading materials where your child can easily reach them.