What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on to learn tips for getting in those 15 minutes of reading a day with your toddler.
One thing many toddlers have in common is their propensity for being in near-constant motion. While this is normal and often quite adorable, it can make reading time difficult. We have put together a few tips and sneaky tricks for getting in those 15 minutes of reading every day.
Finding times when your toddler is a captive audience is a great start. For example, when you slide on the high chair tray, slide out a board book and have a quick read before you break out lunch. If your child is feeding themselves already, even better; you can read during lunch time. Lunch by Denise Fleming would pair beautifully with dry Cheerios and cheese cubes.
Bath time is another great opportunity. As long as your child is safe sitting up in the tub alone, you can read a few stories well before their fingers and toes get pruney. Sitting far enough back to avoid “excitement splash”, reading to your child while they're in the tub can also encourage their imagination. Supply toys that go along with the theme of the book and create a literary experience. You could read Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates and let your child use rubber ducks to act out the story as you read. Bath Time by Eileen Spinelli is another great one to act out.
Want more snuggles out of your reading time? Squeeze in another book before bed time - right when your child is getting a little sleepy, so snuggling is at its peak but they still have a little pep left. If they spend most of the time flipping pages back and forth, making a straight read-through impossible, opt for a dialogical reading of the book. Simply ask your child questions about the pictures in the book. The conversation started can continue even as your child flips on to other pages. Remember, time spent enjoying books is more important at this stage than getting every word read in order.
For even more book suggestions, check out the Age 0-5 page on our website.