Reading is a fun activity that can be enjoyed at any time of day, not just at bedtime. Toddlers learn through play so allow your child to access books at their level or with other toys; board books make great houses or roads not just great stories. 

Around this age, your child may begin to enjoy being read longer stories. Encourage your child to join in when reading the story. Point out the pictures, ask them what they see or what they think could happen next. Pause and give them time to process an answer, even if your child isn’t able to verbalise a response.  

Don’t feel pressured to finish a book if your child is not enjoying it, try again at another time or try another book.

Visit Toddler 1 to 3 years on the Boroondara families hub for more information and services for you and your child. 

Book recommendations

Programs for toddlers 1 to 3 years

Tiny Tots is a Boroondara Library program for toddlers and is a great way to share active songs, rhymes and stories with your child. Sessions will introduce songs and books perfect for this age group as well as providing a social space to learn shared attention, turn taking, listening and call and response.

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