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.

Toddlers love a good story

Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.

Advocating for ADHD

For kids with ADHD, you are your child’s best advocate. To be a good advocate for your child, learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations.

Book Suggestion: Jerry Seinfeld’s Halloween


Halloween, by Jerry Seinfeld is a great Halloween story. Buy it today, or borrow it from your local library.
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Reading together is better comprehension

Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”

Visit your local library.

Visit the library monthly and choose a book to read together as a family.


Scheduled reading time

Set aside at least one regularly scheduled time each day for reading. Make it a part of your toddler’s routine.

Also take toddlers to the library or bookstore for story hour.


Read to your child from the earliest age

Read to your child from the earliest age, and not just at bedtime.  Buy board books and cloth books as some of your child’s first toys. Carry them around with snacks in the diaper bag.From:

Reading is all around us

The written word is all around us. We don’t only read books – we read shop names, road signs, shopping lists, advertisements, birthday cards…. All are a chance to show your child how reading works.

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reading activity

If you think your child may be ready for a real reading activity, try this: choose a word which appears several times (such as a name) show it to your child and tell him what it says: can your child find the same word again?


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repetitive reading tip

Read favorite stories and sing favorite songs over and over again.

Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and positive feelings about reading.


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Enjoying the reading experience

When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story.

Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby’s confidence and love of reading.


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

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