Nurture your little one's imagination with beautiful stories!
Toddler books tell short, simple stories that are a pleasure for an adult or older sibling to read out loud. They are full of bright, colourful pictures and their size, shape and thick pages are designed to be easy for your little one to manipulate. It's no wonder that so many toddlers love them!
Given the wide variety of toddler books available, you will be faced with many choices. Books with bright and interesting artwork, or real photographs of things your little one is familiar with, are usually a hit. It's generally a good idea to pick a story that isn't too wordy. Look for phrases that rhyme or have rhythmic appeal and express simple and concrete ideas. If you find a book with amazing artwork but the text is too long, feel free to abandon the printed words and just make up your own!
The goal is to build a love of language and literature through comfortable, positive experiences with books. While singing and nursery rhymes teach toddlers to play with language, and looking at board books can be a wonderful quiet time activity, there is no replacement for reading in your lap to build a real love of books.
A few of our favourite toddler books are "I am a Bunny" by Richard Scarry, "Home for a bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown, and "Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni. Your local librarian can also make some toddler-appropriate suggestions.
You can build interest in books and reading in many different ways.
Here are some of our favourites:
Getting six or more toddlers to sit in a circle for story time is not easy. Someone is always wandering off, triggering mass movement away from the book. Some additional suggestions are :
1-Make a clear sitting space (a carpet, a circle drawn with chalk, a small hula hoop for each child…)
2-Use overacting! Be super animated and expressive in your reading!
3-Keep it short
4-Let the wandering away happen anyway. If after all that effort on your part they still are more interested in doing something else, just read to the ones who are left, or reintroduce the book another time.
(Our recommendations list will keep growing, so come back to check it out regularly!)