Your young toddler may not be quite ready to enjoy a public story time at the local library. There are some ways that parents can help prepare the toddler for the story time experience.

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time: 1. Read Your Own Books

Not that any parents has a lot of time for reading, but letting the toddler see you quietly reading is one way to teach the toddler about the quiet qualities of reading a book.

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time: 2. Read to the Toddler

One way to prepare the toddler for story time at the library is to read to the toddler at home. It’s never too early to start teaching kids about the wonders of words, pictures, stories, and books.

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time: 3. Keep Books in Plain View

Keep the toddler’s books accessible so that he or she may take them out at will. The toddler may bring you a book to read to them, or simply hold the book so they can turn the pages. The best books to keep out for toddlers are inexpensive board books.

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time: 4. Meet the Library

Another way to prepare the toddler for story time at the library is to bring the toddler to the library before the story time begins. This could either be on the same day, right before the session or on another day. Familiarizing the toddler with the new setting will help him or ease into story time.

When the story time is in the children’s section of the library where there are a lot of toys, the toddler may be more interested in the toys than the books. Try to stay after the story time is over and let the toddler explore the different toys the library has.

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time: 5. Create Structured Play Time

Involving the toddler in a play group that has some structured time will also help prepare the toddler for story time. The structured time could be something as simple as singing two or three songs, with everyone sitting in a circle and interacting.

How to Prepare the Toddler Ready for a Public Story Time: Coordinate Nap Time One of the best ways to prepare the toddler for story time is to try and time the toddler’s nap schedule so that story time does not cut into nap time. This can be difficult, depending on when the story time is available, and when nap times usually occur. Changing the nap time by 10 minutes every day can get the toddler on the right schedule for story time.

By preparing the toddler 15 months and up for story time, the toddler will be more ready when he or she comes of age for the local story times in your area.