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