First 5 Years

Read to Your Toddler

BPL - FFY, Read - Toddler, storytime, cat dressed in green overall reading to a group of animals dressed as toddlers

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In the last decade, researchers have made important discoveries in children's development during the first five years of life. We now know a lot about how young children grow and develop early language and literacy skills. Here's why reading aloud to your toddler is so important:

  • Nearly 50% of a child's learning occurs in the first five years of life.
  • Toddlers learn nine new words a day! Children who are spoken to and read to frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into better readers.
  • Reading with your toddler is the best way to prepare your child to learn to read.

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Illustrations from READ IT, DON'T EAT IT! copyright © 2009 by Ian Schoenherr. Reproduced by permission of Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.