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From two-years-old, your child's language is developing quickly and they probably know around 200 or more words. Encouraging reading is a great way to get your little one to expand their knowledge, enabling them to learn new words and start making connections between books and real life. Books that you can link to challenges your toddler might be facing in real life, such as potty training or brushing their teeth, are a good way to get your toddler interacting with books and seeing the positives to each story.
Top tips for encouraging your two-year-old to read
1) Let them choose the book
By letting your little one choose their own book, they're more likely to sit and join in reading it. Repetition and rhyming words are easy for children to remember too, so even if they pick the same book each story time, they'll eventually start helping to re-read the book back to you and correct you if you read the story wrong, (especially if you skip a page to speed up story time - we've all done it!)
2) Set an example
Children learn through watching what you do and trying to copy you, which is why toy kitchens and cleaning toys are perfect gifts for children, as it teaches them social skills and how to use their imagination. With this in mind, it's a good idea to start reading while your toddler is playing. If they see you reading a book at least once a day, they'll see you doing it and be happier to join in on story time.
3) Choose funny books
Choosing books with funny rhymes and silly storylines is a guaranteed way to keep little ones engaged with reading and eager to turn the pages! Who doesn't love a book that gives a good giggle?
Take a look at our pick of books that are perfect to read to your two-year-old:
Another classic that has stood the test of time, this beautiful story of Sophie and her very hungry tea-time guest is a must if you’ve got an animal-lover in your brood. Why not plan a tea-party for your own hungry tigers at the weekend?
2 little chiddlers waiting for their friend. Can you spot 1 enormous crocodile hiding in the grass? This book is a great way to teach children all about numbers and counting, with a fun little storyline.
This adorable story of Max and his monsters has entertained children for years. After dressing up in his wolf costume, Max wreaks so much havoc (sound familiar?) he is sent to bed before dinner. That night, his bedroom transforms into a forest, and he is taken to where the wild things are. The perfect night-time story for all those loveable little monsters out there.
This book is great for little ones who might be starting to potty train! It's easy to following along, and when Pirate Pete uses his potty correctly, tots can press the 'cheer' button for a noisy reward.
Maisy’s adventures have been translated into 28 languages and sold over 25 million copies. You can now find more than 150 stories full of letters, numbers, and shapes for your baby to learn, all featuring the wonderful illustrated mouse.
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