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. 

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.

More resources

You can find advice for more reading stages on our Literacy and reading resources for families page. We also recommend registering for the 1000 Books Before School program on our 1000 Books Before School page.

For more information and services for you and your child, visit our Toddler 1 to 3 years page.

Programs for toddlers 1 to 3 years

We offer a range of events and activities for children.

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