10 Tips for Reading with Toddlers
1. Read with your child every day!
- You’re sending the message that reading is enjoyable and important to your family.
2. It’s never too early to start reading with your child.
- Toddlers love to cuddle and listen to your voice. Try reading, singing. or making up a story.
3. Older babies love to look at pictures and flip pages.
- Cloth books or board books are great for this age group!
4. Get toddlers to name the things they see in picture books.
- Encourage your child to point to familiar things and talk about what they see. They love to be involved!
5. Repetition is a good thing!
- By reading their favorite stories over & over, you are comforting and helping them develop word recognition.
6. Reading can be an action-packed activity.
- Try using different voices, sound effects or body movements to add drama to the story.
7. Help your child create their own book.
- Get your children using their imagination by having them draw pictures to a familiar story. Write out words to the story for them!
8. Visit the library.
- Libraries are not just for borrowing books. Many libraries offer free story time sessions to engage toddlers.
9. Read all kinds of books.
- Help your child discover a variety of reading materials like: fairy tales, nursery rhymes, picture books, comic books, & magazines.
10. Reading doesn’t always involve a book.
- Try pointing to letters and words on signs, cereal boxes, and menus.