“Read to your child,” you hear many people say and see on PBS commercials regarding the importance of story time on child development. My husband and I are both writers and avid readers. Although I am a slow reader, I do read quite a bit and am currently reading The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. It’s a spectacular book, given to me by my sister for Christmas.
Read To Your Child: Bedtime Routine
The hubby has a routine with our daughter; he does bath time and reads to her every night. It’s a spectacular way to bond with your child while also building vocabulary. There are nights when the hubby has to work late, so it’s good thing his office is only 5 minutes away from home. Daddy will steal away to come home and bathe baby girl, brush her teeth, read to her and put her to bed before returning to finish work. Not breaking this daily routine also builds trust and helps toddlers fall asleep quicker.
Top 10 Books To Read To Your Child
- I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak
- Guess How Much I love You, by Sam McBratney
- My Little Word Book, by Roger Priddy
- Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
- Me Reader Jr, (8 books total comes with a Me Reader module includes narration and sound effects.) by Baby Epstein
- Toes, Ears, & Nose- a flip-the-flap book ,by Marion Dane Bauer (we have a 2 of her flip-the-flap books our daughter loves them.)
- The Going To Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton
- Opposites, by Sandra Boynton
- Gossie: A Gosling on the Go!, By Olivier Dunrea
- Little Owl’s Night, by Diya Srinivasan
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch is a great one, too, and a classic, but it can be long for toddlers. There are so many other books to read to your child, but these are the some of our daughter’s favorites. It’s our top 10 list for toddlers and they’re not too long or wordy, perfect for little ones with short tension spans.