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Read to Toddlers Because

  • It creates a bond between you and your child.
  • It helps children learn about the world around them.
  • It fosters a love of books at an early age.

Tips for Reading to Toddlers

  • Ask your child about the story and its pictures. Talking about the story helps develop comprehension skills.
  • Explain new words in the stories you read. Building toddlers' vocabulary helps them develop into strong readers.
  • Share books together every day. Even if you only have a few minutes, make reading together a regular part of the day that nobody wants to miss.
  • Have fun! Read books which are about your child's interests, use different voices and inflections, and re-read favorite books.
  • Be enthusiastic about reading together. When you show your child that you enjoy reading, your child will follow your example.
  • Don't force it. Make the experience enjoyable for everyone by reading when your child is in the mood for a quiet activity.

Resources for Parents

Early Literacy: Tips for preparing young minds to learn the skills that are the building blocks of reading

  • Born Learning - Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
  • Ready at Five Partnership - Ready at Five is a statewide, public/private partnership committed to ensuring that all Maryland children enter school ready to succeed. Provides resources in both spanish and English. Online resources include activities, monthly newsletters and parenting tips, how-to guides, featured articles, and other parent resources.
  • Zero to Three - Lots of information on infants and toddlers for both parents and professionals.

Information Literacy: Ways to create tech savvy 21st century learners

  • Bnetsavvy - A great resource for helping children and teens learn safe strategies for navigating the increasingly interactive world of the Internet. Contains articles on cyber-bullying, social networking, gaming, and more.
  • KIDSNET - The only national non-profit computerized clearinghouse and information center devoted to children’s television, radio, audio, video, and multimedia. Provides resources, including monthly media guides, to help families make smart choices about their children’s media use.
  • Netsmartz - Games, activities and information to help kids, teens and parents stay safe on the Internet.

Learning Websites: High-quality online resources for learning concepts and gaining knowledge

  • All Safe Sites - A compilation of safe, child-oriented websites listed under several categories. Students can search by category or a specific subject.
  • Discovery.com Teaching Tools - This portion of the highly regarded educational site offers teachers a puzzle maker, worksheet generator, quiz maker, glossary builder, and lesson plans.
  • NewK12: Educational Videos and Lessons for K-12 School Kids - This sites has hundreds of video clips, covering the subjects of science, math, health, social studies and English.
  • Windows to the Universe - A vibrant site filled with facts, mythology, poetry, art, and games about astronomy, the solar system, scientists, space exploration, weather, and more.

What to Read: Resources for finding great books to share with your children

  • Children's Book Council - This non-profit trade organization is dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books. The CBC also sponsors Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week each year.
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center - At the “virtual library” of the School of Education at the Unversity of Wisconsin, find unique online lists such as Thirty Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know and a review of a new and recommended book for children every week.