What Toddlers Like In Books ( 2 - 3 Years of Age)
- Small books to fit small hands
- Books with simple rhymes
- Books with familiar items - shoes, toys, pets
- Books with familiar routines - bedtime, bath time, meals
- Lift the flap books
- Books with very few words or with repeating words - books little ones can learn by heart
- Goodnight books for bedtime
For Print Motivation:
- Lift-the-Flap Books are very engaging!
- Silly Books appeal to a young reader's developing sense of humor and help them create positive associations with books.
- Sharing books about a toddler's favorite things is a great way to keep them motivated about books.
- Song Books that contain simple, familiar songs are good choices and toddlers will appreciate songs with multiple verses.
- Noise Books are a great way for toddlers to practice imitating animal noises and making language sounds.
- Rhyming Books like Mother Goose and sharing poetry with children are some of the best ways to build phonological awareness. One rhyme per page works well for toddlers.
- Picture Books build vocabulary because they have more "rare" words than our casual conversation. For instance, the nappers in the "Napping House" are not just sleeping; they are dozing, cozy, snoring, and dreaming.
- Non-Fiction Books are amazing vocabulary builders!
- ABC Books are often full of objects to name and tings to discuss. Younger children will need simpler pictures to be successful.
For Narrative Skills:
- Repetitive Books help children practice predicting what comes next in a story.
- Different versions of familiar folktales helps make children aware of the basic structure of a story.
- Wordless and Nearly Wordless Books let children tell stories in their own words.
For Print Awareness:
- Labeled Picture Books help children make the connection between the words they know and the print on the page.
- Heavy Cardstock Books help toddlers transition form board books.
- Large Print and Simple Text Books that are surrounded by white space help children see the words being read.
For Letter Knowledge:
- ABC Books that are clean and simple so toddler can focus on the letter shape helps build letter knowledge skills.