Not sure how to keep your restless toddler’s attention during reading time?
Librarians Norlizah Mohd Juffri and Lim Sieu Pin from the National Library Board share five easy tips.
Try reading interactive books with her. Look for those with fun puppets, different textures (rough, smooth or shiny surfaces, for example) and flaps that lift to reveal an animal hidden behind.
Does she like a particular activity, toy or game (peek-a-boo, for example)? Link it to a book that can be read together.
Narrate in high-pitched and funny voices for various characters or role-play and add imaginative elements. For example, try asking your toddler to choose what goes into the main character’s bedroom.
Singing helps expose your young child to the sounds and rhythms of language, so stock up on nursery rhyme books. You can also add actions or simple dance movements.
Be sure that your little one always has ready access to literature wherever she is. Add one or two titles to your diaper bag. And, of course, take advantage of the resources that public libraries have to offer.