Book Handling Behaviors

Behaviors related to a child's physical manipulation or handling of books, such as page turning and chewing.

Looking and Recognizing Behaviors

related to how children pay attention to and interact with pictures in books, such as gazing at pictures or laughing at a favorite picture. Behaviors that show recognition of and a beginning understanding of pictures in books, such as pointing to pictures of familiar objects.

Schickedanz, (1999). Much more than the ABCs: The early stages of reading and writing. Washington, DC: NAEYC.

Picture and Story Comprehension

Behaviors that show a child's understanding of pictures

and events in a book, such as imitating an action seen

in a picture or talking about the events in a story.

Story-Reading Behaviors

Behaviors that include children's verbal interactions with

books and their increasing understanding of print in

books, such as babbling in imitation of reading or running fingers along printed words.


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What kids like in books

Infants 0-6 months

• Books with simple, large pictures or designs

with bright colors.

• Stiff cardboard, "chunky" books, or fold out

books that can be propped up in the crib.

• Cloth and soft vinyl books with simple pictures

of people or familiar objects that can go in the

bath or get washed.

Infants 6-12 months

• Board books with photos of other babies.

• Brightly colored "chunky" board books to touch

and taste!

• Books with photos of familiar objects like balls

and bottles.

• Books with sturdy pages that can be propped

up or spread out in the crib or on a blanket.

• Plastic/vinyl books for bath time.

• Washable cloth books to cuddle and mouth.

• Small plastic photo albums of family and


Young Toddlers 12-24 months

• Sturdy board books that they can carry.

• Books with photos of children doing familiar

things like sleeping or playing.

• Goodnight books for bed time.

• Books about saying hello and good-bye.

• Books with only a few words on each page.

• Books with simple rhymes or predictable text.

• Animal books of all sizes and shapes.

Toddlers 2-3 years

• Books that tell simple stories.

• Simple rhyming books that they can memorize.

• Bed time books.

• Books about counting, the alphabet, shapes, or


• Animal books, vehicle books, books about playtime.

• Books with their favorite TV characters inside.

• Books about saying hello and good-bye.