CRRL Kids: Talk, Read & Have Fun With Books and Your Young Toddler
Annotation:Boo Hoo Boo-Boo Your 1 1/2-year-old is in full motion and probably getting a few boo-boos, too! Tips for reading and sharing: As you read, point to the different boo-boos Name the parts of the body where there are boo-boos Remind your toddler of past boo-boos, talking about how quickly they heal.
Annotation:"Do cows sing? Do cows coo? All I know is cows go--moo! Lift the flaps to find lots more barnyard animal sounds!" Playful and enjoyable interaction is encouraged, while also helping yhoung children to learn what sounds go with which animal. Talk about the animals on the pages. Remind your toddler of animals you have seen together, such as at a farm. Point to the cow in the picture. "Cows say Moo." Encourage your child to "Moo" with you.
Annotation:A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep. Reading stories about bedtime routines are familiar and comforting to young children and will help them to associate pleasant feelings with reading. Talk about your family's bedtime routine as you read about the bunny family.
Annotation:Baby and his family make some jazzy music. This book uses playful language which encourages young listeners to play with the sounds of language too. This play supports language development and phonological awareness. Sound out the rhyming words so that your toddler can hear the smaller sounds in the words.
Annotation:Questions and answers highlight some outstanding characteristics of farm animals, such as a chicken's feathers and a horse's mane. Introduces anticipation and predicting; which animal is next? Children love guessing what will happen next, so encourage your child to predict what will be on the next page. "Who has a tail like that?" Give them plenty of time to form an answer and have them help you turn the page to see if they were right. Give them lots of positive recognition for trying.
Annotation:Rhyming text compares babies born in different places and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes. To build a positive sense of self, children need to see themselves, their families and their cultrual traditions in the books we read with them. This is a great book to show that we all have many things in common, while we are all different too. Talk about and point to your toddler's toes, fingers, etc. as you read along.
Annotation:Babies from one to ten enjoy a bouncy, noisy, jiggly day until they are finally fast asleep at night. Counting familiar, everyday sights, especially children just like them, will keep a young child's interest while introducing them to counting. Act out the activities the babies in the pictures are doing to add more interaction. Example: Bounce, Jiggle, pretend to fall asleep as you talk about what the babies are doing on the pages.
Annotation:As an African American toddler keeps getting into mischief throughout the day, the reader is invited to discover what the trouble is with each page-turn and to say "uh-oh." This book uses playful language to engage young children and play with the sounds they hear. Practice making the sound, "Uh-oh!" and have your toddler join in with you as you read it. Talk about the "Uh-ohs" that happen with your toddler.
Annotation:A mother dog finds eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals. Comforting story for young children dealing with separation anxiety and fun too because of the anticipation of looking for Spot under the flaps. "Does mommy ever look for you" Yes, she does!" (Cover your baby with a small blankey.) "Where is baby? Is she behind the sofa? Nooo, she's not there." Young toddler's love to play this game.
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Young toddlers are beginning to learn to speak and love to repeat new words. Provide them with many opportunities to practice using the words he is learning. Repetition is one way in which a young toddler learns. Read his favorite books over and over so that he can practice naming the pictures.