I think we all know how important it is to read to our kids, but many of us don’t know what the right books are for each age group. Your kids learn SO much from watching and mimicking you – and yes, from the books that you read. Choosing the right books helps facilitate development, and you’ll have fun doing it! It’s easy to tell when a book is over your toddler’s head since they’ll be scrambling off your lap. I’ve rounded up the best books for toddlers that our little lady loved day in and day out. Here are a few books that make it easy to bond with your child, and are developmentally friendly! If you’re looking for something new for your reading list, look no further!
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Best books for toddlers
Some of these books are a little longer, so your twelve-month-old might not be into them immediately. The development of a twelve-month-old is VERY different than an almost-three-year-old, so just test these out and bring them into the rotation when your child is ready. Our little lady always loved to read, but she definitely became more able to engage after she turned two.
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
The Belly Button Book
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
The Pout-Pout Fish
I am a bunny
The Napping House
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
I love my mommy because
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
What’s Wrong Little Pookie?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Reading with your child is a great way to bond and is obviously good for their development. Choosing age-appropriate books helps build new skills and allows you to interact in a fun way. If you start with a book and your baby isn’t interested, come back to it a month or so later. So many of our fan favorites were tossed on the floor early on. Reading early and often will help foster a lifelong love of books, an amazing gift you can easily give your child.
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