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Book cover: My Very First Mother Goose, by Iona OpieToddlers

Toddlers are active and love learning through play. Books and reading are fun! Share books with toddlers by reading the text and talking about the pictures and stories.
  • Toddlers will hold books and turn pages
  • Toddlers can pay attention to a story; as they grow so will their attention span
  • Do not worry if you do not read the entire book or skip pages
  • Toddlers love reading the same book over and over again
  • Toddlers can recite favorite stories and rhymes from memory
  • Older toddlers will begin to pretend to read and pretend to write
Look for books that tell simple stories or books that rhyme. Silly books, animal books, and bed time books are very popular. Books that have flaps and interactive elements are also good choices.
Book Suggestions
Book cover: I Can Do It Too, by Karen Baiker Book cover: Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes
Book cover: Baby Bear's Books, by Jane Yolen Book cover: My Car, by Byron Barton
Book cover: Hush! A Thai Lullaby, by Minfong Ho Book cover: Leaves, by David Ezra Stein
Book cover: Please, Puppy, Please, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee Book cover: Peekaboo Morning, by Rachel Isadora
Reading and Activities
Try This:

Read Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells. Gather items that can be used to make sounds. Have the child(ren) predict what kind of sound will be made with the various items. Stress the use of sound words like boom, bang, tap, etc.
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