How can I encourage my son's his love of reading? He shows little interest.

One way to encourage your son’s love of reading is to offer him a wide-variety of books that reflect his interests. Because 2-year-olds like to be independent, you might find it helpful to let your son choose what he would like to read. You can even take him to the bookstore or library and let him choose a few books on his own. Allow him to turn the pages if he wants too, and if he won’t sit with you while you read a book, it’s okay to let him stand. Many children this age find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time, but as your son gets older his attention span and ability to focus will improve. The most important thing is to keep the emphasis on making reading fun, so be patient and keep trying. 

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.