Help your toddler love reading

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Recently, I was prepping my son for a bath and I said to him excitedly: “Do you mind if I sit here on the bathmat and read while you play with your boats? I’m almost at the end of my book and I can’t wait to find out what happens!”

I didn’t think about what I was doing at the time (if anything I felt a little guilty for not joining in bath conversation as usual), but there was something nice about that message: I was telling my son that I get giddy and excited about reading.

We’ve all heard that reading with our little ones is important. Sitting down to flip pages and talk to your toddler helps with vocabulary and letter knowledge, gets her in the habit of reading, and forms positive associations around books. If that routine is consistent and fun, it’s more likely she’ll enjoy reading as a preschooler. From there the sky is the limit, since older preschoolers are starting to pick up independent reading skills.

There can be more to it than just snuggling with stories before bed, though. If you’re thinking about boosting reading in your home, consider these angles:

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