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Tales for Toddlers

Welcome to the Tales for Toddlers page. Here you'll find fun songs, rhymes, activities, and stories that you can share with your toddler this summer. 

Summer reading with toddlers is all about finding balance between sharing stories and having active fun with songs and rhymes. Don't worry if your toddler isn't ready to sit still for a whole picture book, just read as much as they like and then you can try a new activity. There are lots of things you can do to help support their early literacy skills, colouring might look like it's just for fun but it's actually helping your toddler develop the fine motor skills needed for when they start writing. Rhyming and singing with your toddler will help them get ready to read as it slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words. 

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are all important parts of summer reading and we hope you'll enjoy the activities we've shared on this page. 

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Find more fun rhymes and songs in these downloadable booklets from the Winnipeg Public Library

Early Literacy Info Guide

Providing information and programs to support early literacy is a priority of Winnipeg Public Library. Whether we are connecting you with current research about early literacy or designing and offering free Early Literacy Programs to support early literacy skills, we work to provide you and the children you care for services that are relevant, effective and fun.

We have so much great information to share about this topic that we have a dedicated Early Literacy Info Guide.

Read 'Lola at the Library' on TumbleBooks! Click the book cover to get started.

Lola at the Library

Sing 'The Alphabet Song' with Stephen from Sir William Stephenson Library

Felt Board Fun with Ginny: Five Naptime Blankets

The Alphabet Game

After singing the The Alphabet Song with Stephen you can play the alphabet game. Take turns saying the letters of the alphabet and naming something that starts with that letter. Can you making it all the way to Z without getting stumped? 


Rhyme Time with Tegan: Two Little Apples

Check out these fun eBooks for toddlers, available on Overdrive

What's Up, Duck? by Tad Hills
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
My Heart Fills With Happiness / sâkaskinêw nitêh miywêyihtamowin ohci by Monique Gray Smith
Ready, Set, Go! by Nina Laden
Chicka Chicka  by Bill Martin
Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Over on Sesame Street by Naomi Kleinberg
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Request these fun picture books from the Library Catalogue

Lola plants a garden by Anna McQuinn
Waiting is not easy! by Mo Willems
Small world by Ishta Mercurio
We all count : a book of Cree numbers by Julie Flett
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Bear out there by Jacob Grant
Birds by Lemniscates
From the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea by Kai Cheng Thom