Babies & Books - from the beginning

Babies & Books

from the beginning


Why Read to Your Baby?

Newborn (birth to 6 months)

Older Baby (6 to 15 months)

Young Toddler (15 months to 2 years)

Older Toddler (2 to 3 years)

The Library: A Special Place for Baby and You

Suggested Books



Young Toddler (15 Months to 2 Years)

Young toddlers are active, curious and learn many new words and phrases.

Your young toddler will learn to:

  • copy words, phrases and movements
  • put words together in combinations such as "All done"
  • play simple question-and-answer games
  • assert self often by saying "No"
  • act out everyday roles (dressing, going to work, cooking, cleaning)
  • actively explore what's around
  • like toys that move or make noise
  • enjoy learning and reciting finger plays
  • listen to music and dance to the rhythm

What you can do with your young toddler:

  • find longer stories to enjoy again and again
  • while reading, ask your child to tell you about the pictures
  • play simple finger and action rhymes
  • have a special low place for your child's books
  • let your toddler sometimes choose what to read
  • have small easy-to-carry books or books as big as your toddler
  • match books to activities (read Max's Bath by Rosemary Wells and then splash in the tub)
  • read together often, keeping times short and fun

Noble Duke of York

Oh, the noble Duke of York,
(March in place or bounce baby gently.)
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up the hill,
(Raise and lower arms as words state.)
And marched them down again.
And when they're up, they're up.
And when they're down, they're down.
And when they're only half way up,
They're neither up nor down.

Find this and other fun rhymes in Play Rhymes by Marc Brown.