Reading to toddlers
At the ages of one to three, children are eager for exploration and full of energy. Take every wonderful opportunity to blend cuddling and intimacy with learning and fun.
- At this age, it is best to choose books your child likes.
- Read for at least fifteen minutes every day. Thirty minutes is better. If you can read more than once per day.
- Talk about the story as you read. If there are things that your child doesn’t understand, explain as you read. Relate the story to people, places and things your child is familiar with.
- Get others to take turns reading to your child – grandparents, babysitters, aunts, friends – your child needs to see that everybody gets pleasure from reading.
- Find music to accompany the reading time.
- Keep books in places where your child can access them. Carry books along when you go to places where you may have to wait or when you travel.
- As they discover that books provide information as well as entertainment, introduce books that expand your child’s understanding of their favorite subjects such as family, animals, colors, letters, vehicles, household objects. Toddlers like to look in your books or magazines to identify objects.