You know it’s important to read to your child, but sitting down to read to a fidgety two-year-old can be exhausting. It’s worth it, we promise!
When reading to a child, it’s important to strike a balance between captivated attention and allowing creative outlets. If you put too much pressure on your child to sit perfectly still or pay attention to every page, they may not enjoy reading because the situation is stressful.
The key is to keep nightly reading light-hearted and to find books that will keep them engaged.
“If we treat books like they’re magical, kids will grow up believing that too.” —Shanna Schwartz
Here is a list of books that 2- and 3-year-olds enjoy reading (over and over) and will help instill a love of reading in your child.
1. Barnyard Dance
2. Who Stole The Cookie from the Cookie Jar?
3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
4. Blue Hat, Green Hat
5. The Pout-Pout Fish
6. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Toddlers begin to recognize letters and even have their cutest renditions of singing the alphabet song! All of the letters racing up the tree will give your child the opportunity to recognize letters and name each one individually.
7. Peek a Who?
8. Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
9. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You
As you make every imaginable noise, your child will love repeating the funny sounds. Their imagination will play out as they listen to the sounds of a hippo chewing gum (grum grum) or the pip goldfish kiss.
10. Personalized Books
Inserting your child’s name into the book is a sure way to capture their attention! Customizable children’s books insert your child’s picture, name, and words that rhyme with their names.
Children have shorter attention spans, but they will learn more as they read captivating books and teach your child a love of reading.
What are some of your family’s favorite books to read together?