Choosing books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers can be a difficult task – so many options, so little time! Here’s how to pick one.
Babies below one year old
How do you choose books for babies? Pop-up books and those with touchy-feely textures are great for stimulating their senses. These books tend to be about word or concept recognition, like colours.
Toddler aged one to two
When choosing books for toddlers, look for books with rhymes and simple stories with colourful pictures are a good choice. They tend to have repetitive sentences, which are useful for picking up syntax and vocabulary.
Young preschoolers aged three to four
Kids aged three to four are capable of understanding more complex stories, although they still require colourful pictures to hold their interest.
At the kindergarten age, kids are exploring language, so there’s no such thing as “good” or “bad” books. What’s more important is to expose them to many genres – poetry, rhyming stories, non-rhyming stories, and so on. Let your child pick his own books, or choose those about things he likes.
For all ages
Here’s one more tip about choosing books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Find picture books with simple information about how the world works. What goes on at a bakery? Why does each musical instrument sound so different?
Talk about them with your child and add your own anecdotes. Select stories with good morals, which feature characters that are brave, helpful and happy. You can start reluctant readers off with stories and characters that make them laugh, like those from Dr Seuss, Oliver Jeffers and Doreen Cronin.
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