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Below we have listed various books that Small Talk recommends on account of their ease of use to boost communication and language development.

The books are organized in terms of the main developmental function they serve (as most books will, of course, have more than one function). Far more can be found out about how to get the most out of reading a book with a child in Small Talk – chapters 8 & 9.


By incorporating a repetitive line, you give your child a means to join in the story with you. Once you’ve read the book and the child knows what’s coming, leave pauses so that they can say the word, the whole sentence or even the whole song, helping them to learn new words and new grammatical structures.


Being able to think sequentially – which is needed to tell a story from beginning to middle to end about our own lives – is an acquired skill. To help acquire it, read books with a clear narrative structure, and get your child to re-tell the story using a ‘First…Then…and Last’ format. When he knows the story well, get him to act it out. This is great fun.


Books whose characters display their emotions help your child to learn the words needed to articulate their own emotions (happy, sad, angry etc.). This can be a real life-saver when dealing with a toddler tantrum.


Books with busy pictures – in which there are plenty of objects in a meaningful context to talk about – are great to attract your child and encourage new words.


Being able to focus is, again, an acquired skill. Help your child to acquire it by showing him books which engross him and help him concentrate for longer.

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