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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

A Talk & Read Activity for Toddlers

Big Feelings

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Big Feelings

As toddlers grow, they are learning how to use words to tell us what they want and need. They point to items to ask what they are and we tell them. But some things - like feelings - are hard to point at. Toddlers need help identifying and naming their emotions. Books are helpful tools because they have pictures toddlers can relate to and point at. We can make other games for toddlers to learn feelings too. Collect some pictures from magazines that depict children showing different emotions. You can place these pictures on cards, tie them together to make a book or even glue them to a small box you can roll. Have lots of conversations about feelings and talk about how everyone has them. Before you know it, your toddler will be able to tell you how she feels!


'Round and 'Round the Garden Tickle Rhyme

'Round and 'round the garden, [Gently circle your child's belly, back or hand.]

Goes the teddy bear.

One step, two step, [Walk fingers up child's arm.]

Tickle under there! [Tickle under chin.]

Repeat as long as your little one enjoys tickle time!


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Cranky Right Now
  • Cranky Right Now by Julie Berry
  • Ollie Feels Fine
  • Ollie Feels Fine by Toni Yuly
  • I Feel Scared: Why Do I Feel Scared Today?
  • I Feel Scared: Why Do I Feel Scared Today? by DK Publishing


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

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