The best way to get your toddler ready to read is by indirect instruction. This is where you get your child introduced to books and print in such a way that they become excited about the stories that the books contain. You can show your child what fun books are, and how important they are by simply reading to them.
You can start reading to your baby from the age of six months, and, between the ages of one and two years, repetitive and rhyming books will really be a winner with them. At the ages of two and three, they will begin to enjoy books that contain more print and simple story lines.