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How do you get your toddler to love reading books?

How do you get your toddler to love reading books?

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.

2. Find books which are familiar finger plays or songs they know.
Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, by Tina Freeman
The Wheels on the Bus

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

4. Find books which repeat the same phrase over and over.
Moo Baa La La La, by Sandra Boynton
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins & Eric Gurney

5. Find books where the child has to actively search for items in the story.
Can You See What I See? Trucks And Cars, by Walter Wick
Where is Baby’s Mommy?, by Karen Katz

6. Find books which require the child to physically do something like books with flaps, finger holes, etc.
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?, by Karen Katz
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

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

9. Use books that are about important people in their lives, like stories about Moms, Dads, new baby, their pets, etc.
You Are My I Love You, by Maryann Cusimano
Best-Ever Big Sister, by Karen Katz

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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2 Responses to “How do you get your toddler to love reading books?”

  1. Marta says:

    Fantastic post! Thank you for your tips! My son loves The Very Hungry caterpillar and the song about the monkeys jumping on the bed:)Best regards from a mother from Barcelona, Spain,

  2. Awesome list and great tips for every parent! :)

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