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Reading to Young Toddlers (12-24months)

Being a young toddler is all about action. Encourage continued language development, interest in books, and reading by keeping things lively and engaging. The sillier you are while acting out the story, the better. For instance, if you're reading about animals, make animal noises. Your baby will think it's really funny. Toddlers need to move, so don't worry if they just skip, romp, or tumble as you read to them. They may be moving, but they are listening.

For young toddlers of ages 12-24 months, we recommend the following:

  • Kids make big leaps in vocabulary during this time and learn about letters, shapes, colors, weather, animals, seasons. This can be strengthened through books. Choose books with many pictures your child can point to and name.

  • Nursery rhymes are great at this age because of their natural rhythm. The sillier you are while acting out the story, the better.

  • You'll want sturdy board books with pictures (especially photos) of kids doing the things they do every day. Books about bedtime, baths, or mealtime are all good choices; so are books about saying hello or good-bye.

Here are some of our best sellers for ages 12-24 months:

This set includes 4 books perfect for toddlers:

100 Animal Words

100 Things That Go

100 First Words

Alphabet Shapes Colours Numbers

Introducing Hello, World, an exciting new book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world

Story time is one of the favorite pastimes of Owl and Dino! One of their favorites is this bright picture book with nursery rhymes and awesome shaped pages! This book is packed with popular nursery rhymes that you and your child will know and love. Each spread is also shaped around a rhyme's characters and tells their story with gorgeous and colorful illustrations.


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