Reading will enlarge your child's speaking vocabulary and help him learn to use language to express thoughts. And at 2-years-old your child is developmentally ready to truly discover the pleasure of books. When he was younger, he liked the colors and shapes of the pictures; he enjoyed hearing the sound of your voice, and he loved the intimacy of snuggling at storytime. But now he has the attention span necessary to follow a basic story line. He is also aware of the different characters in a story; he can pick out the details in a scene, and he has a more sophisticated ear for language. Your toddler now uses books to learn more about the world he lives in.
To ensure that you and your toddler get the most out of storytime follow these simple guidelines:
Books are a great place to encourage a love of reading, but they're not the only reading material that will fascinate your child. Use magazines for "pictures hunts" in which you and your child hunt for pictures of babies or dogs, for example. Give your child your junk mail to open and look through. Point to signs in the store and read them to him. Show him that reading material is everywhere and plays an important part in everyday activities.
From The Parents Answer Book: From Birth Through Age Five, by the editors of Parents magazine. Copyright © 2000 by Roundtable Press and G+J USA Publishing.