Selecting, Limiting, and Displaying Books for Toddlers
1. Selecting Books for Your Toddler.
Choose books with colors, textures, and movable parts. Toddlers love books with bright colors, varying textures and parts that move. The Peek-a-Boo Book is my toddlers favorite. On each page, he gets to peek-a-boo the baby by lifting the flap. The extra fun part is that the baby is him!
2. Limiting Book Choices for Your Toddler
Either that, or purchase a 2nd copy!
- Do choose a forward facing bookshelf if possible. Make sure the shelf is accessible to your child and fill it with books from your home library. The Sling Bookshelf is the most affordable pre-made option, but the canvas does get dirty from use and needs washing once a year. The Wooden Book Display is a little more money, but sturdier and easy to wipe clean. My husband made ours with plywood.
- Select toddler friendly books that you feel comfortable letting them select and read on their own. Save pop-up books and treasured picture books for special reading times with an adult.
- Consider using Storage Bins and baskets for small book collections. Think about the places where you may read to your child and put a bin there. We have a small basked by our rocking chair and another beside the couch. You may want to put small collections in different rooms around your house.
- Don’t overfill baskets and bookshelves. Typically, less than 8 per basket and less than 20 per large bookshelf is what works for us.