Tips for Sharing Books with Your Toddler

Let your toddler help choose the book

At the library, let your child help choose which books to borrow. Suggest different books and let your child know why you think they might like that one. Your child will enjoy looking for new books and choosing their own. 

Toddlers on the move!

Toddlers are a busy bunch, so it may be hard for them to sit still for a whole story. Don’t worry if they’re moving about – chances are they’re still listening. A book with a phrase that repeats gives them an opportunity to actively join in with the story. Engage them with active books where they can help with actions and the voices of the characters.    

Ask questions

Reading together is a chance to get to know how your toddler views the world

Part of reading together is giving you the chance to engage with each other and get to know how your toddler views the world. After reading the book, ask your child what they liked (or didn’t like) about the book. Ask how the book made them feel. Toddlers will develop their language skills as they tell you what they think.


Reading should be a fun activity for both parents and children. Choose a book that matches yours and your child’s mood. Try active books with voices and actions during play times and softer, quieter stories before bed. Keep reading time fun. If the story time isn’t going well and is causing stress, then try a different book or read later.

Play with words

If you’re using a song, rhyme or book that you both know well, try using some wrong words and letting your child catch you. You can also ‘forget’ the words and see if your toddler can help you out. Make it up, mix it up and keep it fun! Show your child the joys of books by playing with words. The sillier the better!