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Choosing Books for Your Child: Toddlers 2-3 Years
Tips for choosing age-appropriate books for your child
- Choose books that are creatively illustrated with greater detail and show actions.
- Toddlers have short attention spans, select books that are relatively short, and tell simple stories. Books about a familiar activity or favorite interests help to keep her attention!
- Simple cause and effect books will help your child develop problem solving skills and begin to relate what happens in stories to real life.
- Children love rhymes, especially funny ones! Choose humorous books, to develop her sense of humor and to get a laugh.
- Books with repeated text or words that rhyme are often favorites.
- As previously mentioned, wordless books with vivid pictures can help develop your child’s oral language and imagination. And movable and tactile books still help to keep attention.
- You may wish to introduce basic concepts, such as numbers, letters, shapes, and colors… but remember at this age reading should be fun!
Reading tip! Don’t be shocked if she wants to read the same book over and over again, memorizing a book is an important step for pre-readers!
- Duck’s Key: Where can it be? By Jez Alborough
- Where does it go? By Margaret Miler
- The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen
- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- One Afternoon by Yumi Heo
- Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
- Do You Know What I’ll Do? By Charlotte Zolotow