Promoting Literacy: 2-3 Years Old

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Promoting Literacy: 2-3 Years Old

Your baby is a baby no more—with each day and each stage, she’s growing into an independent, self-assured person with her own unique thoughts, feelings, and skills. Regardless of the types of books you choose for your two-year-old, reading is a critical component of your older toddler’s healthy development.

When choosing books for this age range, look for the following topics and themes:

  • Matching and sorting: Now that she’s likely developed a familiarity of basic shapes and colors, your little explorer will enjoy applying those concepts to books that focus on matching, sorting, and opposites.

  • Puzzle books: One of the most educational toys you can present to your child, puzzles have been proven to promote hand-eye coordination, shape and color recognition, and stronger problem solving skills. Books with built-in puzzles will provide your two-year-old with hours of challenging fun.

  • Letters and numbers: The alphabet and number lessons you started last year continue during the 24-36 month stage. As she approaches three years of age, your older toddler will become more familiar with letters, perhaps even associating some of them with the sounds they represent. She may be able to recite the alphabet and count to 10 (perhaps with a little coaching from you).

  • Parts of the body: Your two-year-old will likely display an avid fascination in her own anatomy, delighting in pointing out her nose, ears, eyes, and mouth. Choose books that reinforce these physical lessons. Children’s author Al Perkins has written some great anatomy-based books, including The Nose Book, The Ear Book, and Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb—all of which can be found in the Dr. Seuss™ & His Friends book club.

  • Sharing: Playing well with other children and learning the art of sharing is a big challenge for little ones in this age range. Reading stories that deal with those concepts is a great way to encourage your little one to be polite when interacting with others.

  • Potty training: Although every toddler develops at her own pace, most will begin to understand the concept of potty training between the ages of two and three. Pediatricians recommend taking cues from your little one and letting her dictate the pace of her own training, but exposing her to books about using the potty can help to illustrate that there’s nothing scary about the transition.

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