Early Reading

  • Part of exploring books for babies is to chew, shake and tear them—have some board books available for this! You can save special books on a high shelf, but place books for daily playing in easily accessible places, like a low shelf or a basket on the floor.</li>
  • Read at least once a day. You know your child better than anyone else, so pick a time when she’s in the mood for a cuddle and book.
  • Don’t worry if your child isn’t interested for a long time! Short, positive interactions are more important than long ones.
  • Research shows that children who have larger vocabularies are better readers
  • Knowing many words helps children recognize written words and understand what they read
  • Read favourite books again and again—repetition deepens understanding
  • Use silly voices for characters when you read!
  • Many books have kisses and cuddles in the story—take advantage of them and give your child a kiss! Loving physical contact helps release serotonin, a hormone that helps build brain connections.

100 Great Books to Read Together

Download the booklist as a PDF and check out fantastic books to share and read tips about making reading fun. Pick up a print copy of the list at your local branch!

 100 More Great Books to Read Together

There's no such thing as too much reading with children. Pick up EPL's other recommended reading list for more titles great for sharing with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers!


Audio books, games, non-English books, and more! The books and activities help to develop Early Literacy skills and have everything from storybooks to non-fiction titles about important social issues.

 eBooks Bookflix for Kids

BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

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