First 5 Years

Reading Milestones for Toddlers

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Reading Milestones

While every child is different, here is what toddlers do with books and what to expect when you are sharing a story:

At 18 to 24 months, your child:
  • may say some of the words and phrases in familiar books.
  • pretends to read and mimics reading behaviors of grown-ups.
  • may want to hear a favorite story over and over again for fun and comfort.
  • may like to carry favorite books around when on the go.

 

At 2 to 3 years, your child:

BPL - FFY, Read - Toddlers: Reading Milestone, Brown bear in orange pants reading a book

  • learns to handle books with paper pages.
  • names objects in the pictures with your encouragement.
  • learns to discuss books with your help.
  • may recite words and phrases from favorite books.
  • relates events in the story to her own experiences.

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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