Early Literacy - Two and Three Year Olds

Two- and three-year-olds enjoy listening to stories and have an understanding of how books work. At this age, you can help your child develop early literacy skills by using book sharing as a time to play, interact and bond.
  • Before you open a book, make a game of turning the book upside down and see if your child corrects you.
  • Be playful with pictures. Point to pictures, invite your child to tell you what he sees, and enthusiastically respond to him in similar, longer sentences. This is called dialogic reading.
  • Clap in rhythm to music or sing silly songs together.

Books for Two- and Three-Year-Olds

Two- and three-year-olds like books about things that are familiar to them, such as taking a bath, pets, or cars. At this age, children love to hear favorite stories read again and again. Your child may even “read” a favorite story to you aloud.


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