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How To Make Books Appealing And Interesting For Your Toddler

As your child becomes more active, it can sometimes be tough to get him to sit still while you read him a book. But reading is critical for developing language skills and later performing well in school, so take the time to make books appealing and interesting for your on-the-go child.

At age 2, listening to a story can actually be an active pursuit, suggests Maureen O'Brien, Ph.D., in her book "Watch Me Grow." Don't just stick to the storyline -- ask your child to name objects in the illustrations or point to them ("Where's the spider?") or use the book as a springboard for a discussion ("What would you do if there was a lamb at school?").

Kids love repetition so be prepared to read the same stories over and over again. To hold your child's attention -- and yours -- choose books that have rich illustrations and engaging words. "Becoming the Parent You Want to Be" co-author Janis Keyser points out you don't have to read every word on the page. You can also change the words to be silly or more engaging, if you like.

Also, make books as readily available as toys, putting board or cloth books in your daughter's crib at naptime or placing a basket of them by her potty. While she won't be able to read them herself, having them nearby will help foster a lifelong love of books.

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