Reading with Toddlers
1. Start with what they know, like people in their family, pets, foods.
Find books with real photos of items they already are familiar with.
My First Word Bath Book, by DK Publishing.
My First Body Board Book, by DK Publishing.
3. Find books that are about familiar routines, like going to bed, getting dressed, going to the grocery store, etc.
The Going-To-Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton
Big Enough for a Bed (Sesame Street), Apple Jordan & John E. Barnett
7. Use your own hand or fingers, or hand puppets or finger puppets to act out the story.
8. Use books which have lots of interesting illustrations like:
Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Airport, by Richard Scarry
First 100 Words, by Roger Priddy
10. Make reading a fun time together. Find a comfortable chair, cuddle together in bed, go to the library together, or a favorite book store. Make reading time a special time for just the two of you.
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