Scholastic has a list called: Reading guidelines that can direct you each step of the way.
Reading to your child from day one is important. You can start with books with mirrors, things to touch and flaps to lift. This can prove to be challenging and funny. Don’t worry about reading; just the act of trying will be educational to your child. By starting early, you introduce them to the wonderful world of books and learning.
From 9-18 months, your child will begin trying to say some of the words in the story. This will help to build their vocabulary. Then from 18 months – 2 years, they will begin to sit and listen to the story. They might even try to read the book to you; their interpretation can really be fun.
In this section, you will find ways to help your child by:
- Using Your Voice – Make animal sounds; change it for a different character, etc.
- Visit the Library – Take them to the library, and let them pick out their own books, maybe the one they keep going back to.
- Be a Role Model – When your child is playing quietly by themselves, pick up a book or magazine and read. This will show them that reading is important.
- Familiar Faces – There are books available you can purchase with the words on the pages and places for you to insert photos of your family. Amazon has this book available: Baby’s My First Photo Album of Family & Friends.
- Look it up – Keep in mind the things your child likes to look at when you borrow or buy books.
The internet has opened a whole new world with books and games for all. Search what is available for your child on the age appropriate list of apps and books. When our oldest granddaughter was 18 months old, she taught me how to turn on and navigate an iPad.
This section will give you a list of books that are appropriate for this age group.
Have fun reading to your little one.