Need a good book for your toddler? There's an ap for that. Many parents are discovering that their tablet, eReader or smartphone is a convenient treasure-trove of eBooks, not just for adults, but for kids too. With thousands of eReader titles available, choosing a book can be a challenge, especially when it comes to finding the right book for your toddler.
Make sure your little one can follow along with the book you select so he can feel included and competent, suggests Kids Health, adding that it’s a good idea to choose books with repetitive text so they can fill in the words. Look for books with pictures of other toddlers doing familiar activities such as playing or eating, suggests National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, adding that books about saying hello and good-bye, as well as bedtime are good choices.
Worried about exposing your child to too much online media? Turn to a professional, such as a preschool teacher or children's librarian for advice. Research is ongoing about the use and integration of interactive media tools, such as eBooks, explains the naeyc Fred Rogers Center. Early childhood professionals are exposed to the latest research and findings about content quality, the toddler’s experience, and the opportunities for using technology as tools to support active, hands-on learning while taking into consideration the screen time recommendations for toddlers as recommended by public health organizations.
Your local library is an excellent place to start your search for top toddler eBooks. Public libraries provide a free, interactive opportunity for you and your toddler to explore the world of books with the assistance of skilled professionals ready to share the latest in early childhood literacy, points out The American Library Association. Armed with a list of suggestions after a visit to your local library, you’ll be ready to search for those books online by title. Ask your librarian if any of the titles you think your toddler would like are available to borrow in eBook format. The list of eBooks available to patrons is growing daily in many libraries across the nation, with most libraries in the Lehigh Valley offering eBook services to its patrons, including:
- The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity
- Bethlehem Area Public Library
- Easton Area Public Library
- Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library, serving the library patrons of Allentown, Whitehall, Parkland, Emmaus, Palmerton, Lehighton, Coplay, Lower Macungie, Slatington, Southern Lehigh and Dimmick
The children's department of your local bookstore is another good place to see firsthand which books are on the best selling list or have won awards, such as the Caldecott Medal. Make sure to ask if your local store has a story time you can attend with your toddler, as those events usually feature top titles that are often available in eBook format. The Barnes & Noble website takes it to the next level, offering weekly online eBook story times with books read by authors and celebrities.