Reading and your Toddler!

One of the great benefits of working in the library is the access to so many books. I have read to my daughter from the day I brought her home. For a long time, her favorite go-to “toy” was her bucket of books. She’d pull a book or two (or more) out, and we’d sit and read together. Or she’d read all on her own! Some we read so many times, I could recite them to her in the car to calm her down. I’d ask if she wanted me to read a book, and sure enough, I’d “read” the book, and she’d be happy.  She often can help me read the books, too, since we can read the same one dozens of times. Repetition at this age is great! Some of her early favorites:

chicka

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

 

 

please baby

Please, baby, please. by Spike Lee

 

 

dinosaurs

How do dinosaurs say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen

 

thank you

Thank you, Bear by Greg Foley

 

babies bus

Babies on the bus by Karen Katz

 

 

Some of my favorite author/illustrators for toddlers are:

eric carle

 

Eric Carle

denise fleming

Denise Fleming

 

karen katz

Karen Katz

 

karma wilson

 

Karma Wilson

 

Some tips on picking books for this age are to keep them simple. Big pictures. Few words or wordless (a great way to tell the story together! Your toddler can practice using new words.). Short.  Rhyming or rhythmic language.

For more suggestions, check out Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook. read aloud

 

 

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