Sharing Books: 12 to 23 Months

Sharing Books: 12 to 23 Months

Reading has endless benefits, here are some ideas how to share books with your little one.

Making Books A Part of Your Toddler’s Bedtime Routine

A great time to share books is during your child’s bedtime routine. Set aside 5 to 15 minutes, turn off electronic devices, and allow for time with your child. They will have your undivided attention and this is a great time to read together.  Regular bedtime routines started young help prevent bedtime struggles. It’s also an opportunity to bond with your child.

12-14 Month Olds Can:

  • Choose a book to share, point to pictures they like, imitate some animal sounds when looking at that animal, imitate your reactions to the book
  • Remember, they may only pay attention for a few minutes at a time

What Parents Can Do:

  • Name the pictures your child is pointing to or looking at.
  • Help your child turn pages.
  • Ask your child questions she can answer by pointing, like: “Where’s the doggie?” or “Where’s the happy baby?” or “Who says meow?”
  • Imitate the sounds your child makes while looking at a picture. Then add a very short phrase, such as “‘Moo’, the cow says ‘moo’.”

15 to 23 Month Olds Can:

  • Choose a book to share, point to a favorite picture and may say a word or two about it, look at familiar animals and make some of their sounds, at 18 months and older they may finish some sentences from books they know very well, they may start to enjoy a trip to your local public library for Story Time or to borrow some books.

What Parents Can Do:

  • Help your child pronounce words better by imitating their word, then pronouncing it correctly and using it in a short phrase.
  • Help your child understand by speaking in slow, short sentences, and waiting for your child to take a turn talking.
  • Make up games, while looking at pictures, like: “Where’s the girl’s nose? Where’s Mommy’s nose? Where’s your nose?
  • Name and then demonstrate actions in a book, such as “Laughing. Look at the boy laughing.” Then laugh with your child!
  • Use book sharing as a way to calm and comfort your child.

For above information and more, please use www.healthychildren.org.  Further advice for reading with toddlers can be found here: PBSparents.

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