It’s good to read, talk about books, share stories, and sing every day. This helps your toddler’s development in many ways.

For example, through these activities your young child learns new speech sounds and words. Your toddler also starts to understand how sounds go together to make words and what words mean. This builds your child’s language skills and literacy skills and helps your child go on to read successfully later in childhood.

Reading stories also stimulates your toddler’s imagination and helps your toddler learn about the world. For example, reading books can help your child learn about and feel respect for other people and different cultures.

Reading also develops your toddler’s social skills and skills for managing emotions.

Most of all, reading together creates a precious time for bonding with your toddler.