Selecting Books

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

Child’s vocabulary

Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects.

Book Suggestion

The Scrambled States of America is a great way to introduce kids to the States of the US. Buy it today, or borrow it from your local library.
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The time to read

The key to sharing books together is to look for times during the day when she is most receptive.

Trying to read to a toddler who wants to play outside or with newly discovered toys would frustrate both of you. Your toddler will be most interested when she’s not hungry, wet, or tired.

From: Multnomah County Library

Exploring books

After Reading a Story let your child explore the book and play with toys and objects that remind her of the book. Talk about the book and relate it to his own experiences.

From: National Center for Family Literacy.

Reading aloud to your baby

Read aloud to your baby for only a few minutes at a time. Read a little longer as your older baby is willing to listen.


Instill reading in kids

Begin visiting the library regularly by the time your child is two and she may well prefer reading to any other activity.

Reading tip

Move your finger under the words as you read aloud. This helps preschoolers connect printed words to spoken words.From:

Reading attention span

Some children, especially very young ones, do not have the attention span required to sit through an entire story. If this is the case with your child, don’t push her.

Read as long as she will listen, and save the rest of the story for later.

From: Toddler Learning

Take advantage of library story time

Many libraries have story time once or twice a week. Taking your child to these readings can pique her interest in reading.

Experienced storytellers have a knack for making stories exciting, and seeing all of the other kids enjoying the story will make a positive impression.

From: Toddler Learning

Reading and comprehending tip

Point to things in picture books and name them. As your children learn to talk, ask them to "point and say.


Book Suggestion: What Do You Do with a Tail Like This

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? A fun facts book for a wee bit older set.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Reading while children play

Some children like to play with toys or roam around the room while being read to. If your child does this, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s not listening. If she’s being fairly quiet, she probably is.

From: Toddler Learning

Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs

Recite nursery rhymes and sing songs. Rhymes help develop a young child’s ear for language.


When to read to your child

Sleep time isn’t the only time you should read to your child, though.

You could set aside a time in the morning or afternoon to read a book. If your toddler asks you to read to her at other times, do so if possible.

There’s no such thing as reading to a child too much.

From: Toddler Learning

reluctant reader tip

Try smart comics for reluctant readers. Some kids get a terrific jump start from comics, which are less intimidating to them than chapter books.


Book Friday: Curious George

The Complete Adventures of Curious George is a hardcover book you can share from your youth. Buy it today, or borrow it from your local library.
From:Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Read, pause and ask

When reading a book, take the time to stop and ask questions. Point to the illustrations and ask your toddler what they think will happen next.

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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.

From Parenting Toddlers.

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Positive reading

Keeping the reading experience a positive time is imperative so if your toddler is not in the mood, skip a day and try again tomorrow.

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