Reading to your child should begin in the womb, but it certainly should be a part of your toddler’s life. Creating a regular, cozy routine of reading to him each day can go a long way to making him a good reader when he is older. So, how should you choose books for your little guy? On the What to Expect parenting website, a recent post, “Best Books for Toddlers,” offers some good ideas for making great choices:
- There should be lots of “large, colorful, and straightforward” pictures.
- The books should tell simple stories that contain “familiar language and repetitive text.” Rhyming text is excellent for helping him feel like he is “reading along” with you.
- Choose books about things that are mirrored in his life. Books about everyday routines such as, “mealtimes, bedtime, and saying bye-bye to Daddy and Mommy before they go to work.” Books about things that interest him are good choices a well. If he likes certain animals, cars, or fire trucks, those are destined to be his favorites.
- Consider creating handmade books with pictures from magazines and family photos. Writing simple captions under each will be labor of love that he probably will enjoy.