The Parent-Child Home Program’s National Center recommends these books and toys as tools to encourage:
These high-quality picture books, recommended for two and three-year-olds, stimulate verbal interaction, expand vocabulary, and reinforce phonemic awareness, the foundations of language and literacy skill development. Look for books that:
- Parent-child interaction
- Successful development in young children, and
Picture vocabulary books, tactile books, life-the-flap books, fairy tales, Mother Goose rhymes, rhyming books, alphabet books, and books that use repetitive or predictable language are some of the books that support young children’s school readiness.
- Use rhyme or repetition;
- Relate to the child’s experience;
- Incorporate unusual vocabulary;
- Have colorful and appealing illustrations;
- Have a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end; and
- Have a narrative that can be told in different ways, sometimes using the illustrations only; and/or can appeal to a child at different developmental levels.