Which books for my toddler?
Kiss, Cuddle, Love, Repeat...
The little one from 1 to 3 years old develops his/her ability to turn the pages of a book, he can also concentrate better and better and he/she loves repetition. He will often ask you to read and reread the same book, which reassures him/her, but repetition is also his way of memorizing (you probably notice this because you repeat an instruction several times so that he carries it out).
Children from 1 to 3 years old need their senses to be stimulated, especially their hearing, in order to learn vocabulary, to create links between images and sounds, to develop their language: in two years, they will go from a few words to complete sentences, and this learning is clearly stimulated by the moments of oral reading with you!
Here are some tips for adapting your reading to your little one's abilities:
Suggest that he choose the book he wants you to read. Making choices and developing his or her own taste are essential skills that we can all guarantee. You'll see that your little one already knows how to choose, and that certain books, stories and characters are already his or her favourite, so encourage and trust him or her.
Adapt the rhythm of your reading to your child's concentration and attention span. Before the age of three, a child's concentration time can be relatively short. Choose books with a reasonable proportion of text so as not to lose his or her attention when reading and risk tiring him or her out.
Ideally, read "real words" without trying to simplify the language level. However, if you find that the writing is too elaborate or that the vocabulary is a bit complex, don't hesitate to explain the words, or replace them. You can go back to the original version when your child can understand the degree of complexity, there is no hurry.
During the reading, and afterwards, don't hesitate to ask him/her questions about what he/she has understood, about the characters, the plot, the places while linking them to his/her daily life... You will help him or her to develop his or her capacity for analysis.
Follow the text with your finger as you read. In this way, you make the link between what you read and the written letters, not the illustrations. This prepares him or her to learn to read at school.