When your toddler wants to read alone!

My daughter is currently 18 months old and she is becoming more and more independent by the day. She wants to do everything herself: walk, eat, brush her teeth and it seems she also wants to read to herself too.

From the day we brought my daughter home from the hospital we have read to her numerous times throughout the day. As a parent it is so lovely to see the positive impact this is having on her. My husband and I were floored by what we witnessed this evening.

At 18 months she is already demonstrating an understanding of so many book concepts: Turning pages, using illustrations as clues, treating books with care and respect, developing vocabulary, understanding that books tell a story and that they convey meaning.

Here is the scene that played out in my house this evening. I hope you find it as adorable as we did.


  • Daddy sitting on the cosy reading chair
  • Little Cam (18 months old) sitting on the floor in front of the bookcase


  • Family lounge room


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Picture Puffin)


Little Cam: [Takes The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle from the bookcase]

Daddy: Do you want to come to Daddy and I’ll read it to you

Little Cam: No [Proceeds to open the book herself]

Little Cam: Moon [Turn page]

(N.B Full text reads, ‘In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf’)

Little Cam: Sun [Turn page]

(N.B. Full text reads, ‘One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and…..’)

Little Cam: [Creases the corner of the page as she turns it] Oops. Sorry!

Little Cam: Apple [Turn Page]

(N.B. Full text reads, ‘On Monday he ate through one apple……..’)

Little Cam: Two [Turn Page]

(N.B. Full text reads, ‘On Tuesday he ate through two pears…..’)

Little Cam: Four [Turn Page]

(N.B. Full text reads, ‘On Wednesday he ate through three plums….’)

Little Cam: Three

(N.B. Full text reads, ‘On Thursday he ate through four strawberries…..’)

Little Cam: [Closes book and chooses another]

You’ve probably guessed that The Very Hungry Caterpillar is actually a favourite in our house. Check out our Very Hungry Caterpillar picnic.

Do you witness your child doing adorable things with their books? Please email your stories and I will add them to the ‘Family Stories’ section of our website.

When your toddler wants to read alone!

  1. Just delightful! How exciting to be witnessing her journey to reading – it won’t be long before she’s reading independently at this rate.

    Jackie, I sent you an email reply and just wondering if you received it?

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