How to Choose Books for a Young Child
- Books with things to touch, move and play with – pop-up, lift-the-flap and texture books.
- Simple, short stories about familiar topics, like babies or animals.
- Stories with repetition or rhyme, and simple colorful pictures.
- Sturdy board books, with pages they can turn by themselves.
- Stories about things or activities that are familiar to them (a trip to the zoo, a birthday party, etc.)
- Picture vocabulary books and alphabet books – they love to learn new words and recite their letters
- Books about animals and adventures;
- Funny books with riddles or jokes
- Books with rhymes and repetition which they will often memorize and recite along with you.
- Simple factual books, particularly for those children who have very specific interests like trucks, trains, dinosaurs, fire engines or fish.
- Sit in a comfortable place, close to your child, or with your child on your lap. A young child will associate the warm feeling of being close to someone who loves them with the pleasure of reading.
- Read or look at the book at a pace with which your child is comfortable.
- Even the youngest two-year-olds enjoy selecting their own books. Let your child pick what she/he would like to read from the family collection, or go to the library and let your preschooler select books to borrow.
- If your child does not want to be read to, don’t force the issue. Reading time should be fun, not stressful. Some children will happily enjoy having a conversation with you, or they might prefer to play a word game or enjoy making up a story with you. The oral communication and the one-on- one time are often equally valuable to looking at a book.
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