Inside: Read the best books for 2-year-olds, and you’ll raise a little bookworm + lifelong reader. Plus, these books are endorsed by toddlers AND parents.
As parents, we know we’re supposed to read aloud to our kids because it’s good for their growing little brains.
But sometimes reading aloud to a 2-year-old makes you question whether it’s actually doing any good.
They can’t seem to sit still and focus, they want to turn the pages before you’re done reading them, and they toddle off halfway through the book. Hey! Don’t you want to know what happens to the bowl full of mush?!?
And yet, it’s important to keep trying because the relationship our children have with books and reading when they’re young directly impacts how much they’ll love to read when they’re older. According to the research on raising readers:
“The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.” – Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook
But it’s not just about fostering a love of reading. Looking ahead to when our kids are older, reading is essential for the learning process, and kids who struggle with reading tend to struggle in school:
“Children who aren’t reading proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, and…only 34 percent of America’s fourth graders read at grade level.” – The New York Times
The Secret to Turning Your 2-Year-Old Into a Bookworm
As a mom of four on my fourth toddler now, I’ve had lots of firsthand experience nurturing active 2-year-olds into becoming toddler-sized bookworms who will sit still and happily listen to a whole book…most of the time.
And among friends, I’ve also become known as the friendly neighborhood toddler book whisperer. Give me an upset 2-year-old and a good book (more on this below), and I’ll have that toddler tamed in no time.
Over the years, I’ve learned four guiding principles for teaching your 2-year-old to love books:
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