Routine reading

Make reading part of children’s routines. Always include a story at Circle Time, or close each home visiting session with a book. source

Exploring books

If tot grabs the book from you to explore it on his own, let him-just hold him on your lap and cuddle with him as he looks. source

Active Reading

Engage your child so he will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening & answer questions. Source

Again and Again

Read stories again and again. Your toddlers enjoy repetition Source

Snuggle up to read

Snuggle with your child with her favorite blanket or toys as you read. Source

Reading & writing

Draw attention hoe writing works. In books point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated Source

Reading in spurts

Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day. Source

Rhythms and Rhymes

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. Source


Parents get frustrated when child wants a book read 3X in a row, but this is an essential part of how tots process information. more info

Choosing Books

Choose engaging books. Books featuring animals or machines invite movement and making sounds. more info

When to read

Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start. more info

Choosing the right books

Choose books about everyday experiences. Your child will identify with the characters as they dress, eat, visit, nap, & play. more info

Attention Span

Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day.

Reading with toddlers

Try stories at different times of day. Reading w/tots is about building positive experiences with books-not finishing every book.

Sitting for books

Don’t expect toddler to sit still for a book. Toddlers need to move, don’t worry if they act out stories, skip, or romp

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.
Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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.