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Reading fun with Toddlers.

Emilie Buchwald famously said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” What better way to encourage a love for the written word than reading time in the day, and as part of the bedtime routine?

Between 12 to 15 months, I noticed drastic developmental changes in my daughter. For instance, she no longer thinks crayons are something to eat. She can now grab them and create glorious scribble pictures. It is important to applaud these early doodles, which encourage a whole raft of new abilities. Drawing with a crayon involves fine motor skills such as grasping and holding, for instance, as well as boosting your child’s visual acumen and tapping his imagination.
Some toddlers love picture books, while some may end up ripping the pages apart. You need to figure out whether your child has love or loathe for books.
The best way to teach your children to enjoy books is by reading with them, surrounding them with piles of books around the house. It may look messy, but in the long run it will open a whole new world to your kids. With the plethora of picture books available especially for toddlers under 2 years of age, story-telling can indeed be fun! Not only does it improve his acumen for words, it also gets him excited about stories in them.
Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann and I am A Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry are my daughter’s favorite bedtime books. Also, all the Sandra Boyton & Dr Seuss books are amazing.

The Barnes & Noble’s top 15 books for toddlers are as follows:

  1. Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell and Lillian Hoban
  2. Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
  3. First 100 Words, by Roger Priddy
  4. I Am a Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
  5. And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, by Dr. Seuss
  6. A Visitor for Bear, by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton
  7. The Daddy Mountain, by Jules Feiffer
  8. Pancakes, Pancakes!, by Eric Carle
  9. Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes
  10. Fortunately, by Remy Charlip
  11. Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. Frederick, by Leo Lionni
  13. Peter’s Chair, by Ezra Jack Keats
  14. Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein
  15. My World, by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

A few months ago, I tried to read my daughter some Dr. Seuss’s books. She threw the book across the room. But now her attention span is longer, and she loves his books.

When she was a baby, I used to prop her up with books around her. Sure, she chewed a few of them to pieces, but now I find her contentedly reading piles of books in bed (which makes me grin like a dork every time).

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      “A joy of reading, be it fiction or fact, is a gift that we can all give our children.”


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Author: Priyanka Mohanty


Motherhood has been an amazing journey so far; each day, an adventure of sorts. After a stint in marketing and marketing communications, I am currently a stay at home mom, blogger, traveller and chef. Never thought I would be happy to call myself a SAHM! Right now,  my 24/7 job is being a mom. I am here to share my thoughts and experiences on parenting, life and ways we could improve our lives. When I’m not reorganizing the drawers or handling tantrums, I can be found writing about health, nutrition, beauty and wellness. Also, I am an endangered bookworm who loves nothing more than finding the perfect solution to life’s little conundrums in books and nature.

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