Reading with a child...

2 - 3 Years 

Themes & Concepts

  • Continue sensory concepts from year one and build upon them, such as sight, auditory, and touch skills
  • Repetition of everyday words to build vocabulary development
  • Predictability of plot lines to generate conversation and engagement
  • Development of motor skills and accessibility for child to hold and turn pages 
  • Emphasis of “Self-help” activities - things children can do, things familiar in their daily life to build upon the story
  • Use of real photo illustration child can recognize
  • Familiar nursery rhymes with a focus on body awareness, teaching the child basic body parts
  • Teaching basic colors, letters, and numbers

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Imagination Library Book List

  • Following Papa’s Song
  • One Leaf, Two Leaves Count with Me
  • I Am a Rainbow
  • The Bug Book
  • I Hear a Pickle
  • Maple 
  • Huey's: What's the Opposite?
  • If I Were a Kangaroo
  • Little Owl’s Night
  • Jake at Gymnastics
  • Little Excavator
  • Baking Day at Grandma's 

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Imagination Library Book List

  • Ginger Bread Man Loose on the Fire Truck
  • I Just Want to Say Goodnight
  • Pass It On
  • Max & the Tagalong Moon
  • Truck Stop
  • Philomena's New Glasses
  • Pretend
  • Goodnight Numbers
  • Chimpanzee for Tea
  • Read to Tiger
  • The Giant Jumparee
  • The Snowy Day

Keep reading! 

Finished your IL Book this month? 

Read our Book of the Month.

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Alphabet City
By Stephen Johnson

Enjoy these tips for this month's book of the month:


1. Ask your child to point out alphabet shapes around the house. Point out "hidden" letters in everyday items.

2. Ask your child to guess how many letters are in his/her name. Spell out their name together. 

3. Try singing the alphabet in different voices. Be silly! 

4. After reading, encourage your child to keep finding "hidden letters" throughout the day--in the car, during dinner, or even in the bathtub! 

Have you tried?

  • Cuddle up with your child on your lap.
  • Look at your child as you read.
  • Let your child lead.
  • Ask your child to point out things in the pictures and talk about them.
  • Use the pictures to teach new words. Say, “See the trumpet? A trumpet is a loud instrument that makes music.” Then pretend to play the trumpet.
  • Ask questions about the story. “What are the bears doing in this picture?” Pause and then help your child answer. Leave room for your child to make things up.
  • Act out parts of the story.
  • Use the story to start a conversation about something you and your child have done together.
  • Start a conversation by repeating an important word your child has just said and wait for your child to say something more.
  • Read with joy and enthusiasm! Use different voices for different characters.
  • Count pictures and wait for your child to repeat the numbers after you.

Reading Activites

A new Imagination Library book means a new opportunity to engage with your child using the coordinating reading activity.