Board Books are perfect for toddlers. With heavy pages, the children can flip through the book independently. The text is simple, rhyming and full of new vocabulary words. The pictures are engaging and the books are the perfect size to take with you anywhere you go.
Look for books that:
- Have fun rhymes
- Phrases easy to repeat
- Real faces and animals
- Shapes and Numbers
Below is a PDF of board books toddlers love. Print it out and take it with you to the library or bookstore!
Toddler Take Me to the Library Reading List
It is never to early to start reading to your child
Baby’s first books are often vocabulary books, nursery rhymes and songs. Babies are sponges for language at this age and it becomes a cornerstone of future reading success. Look for books that have simple pictures, contrasting colors, and real pictures of faces and animals. Touch and feel books or any book with texture is a perfect pick for babies.
One or two words per page and simple songs will keep your child engaged and interactive which not only builds language but develops a lifelong reading habit. Allow the child to hold the books and explore. Yes, the book will often end up in their mouth because that is how babies explore!
Look for books that:
- Have real faces, animals, objects. Babies react more to real faces at this stage of development.
- Textured books. Babies explore with their senses. Find books that are not only heavy cardboard, but cloth and other textured materials.
- Simple one or two word sentences with simple pictures. These types of books help build vocabulary which future readers need a large base for school reading success!
I have put together a PDF of suggested board books that will engage your baby. Print it out and take it along with you to the library or bookstore. In addition, many libraries have parent packs with puppets and age appropriate toys to help dive deeper into reading. Also look for baby storytimes and play and learn centers for parent/child focused time.
Baby Take Me to the Library Reading List
Long car trips, over-tired kids, and too many days off school? Here is a list of books to help you have fun and spend time together this holiday weekend. Don’t forget to add to the fun by making your own Thanksgiving poems, going on a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt or making your own Thanksgiving story, complete with pictures to help celebrate time together and build future readers!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Reading!
Kids fighting in the car? Pull out this Thanksgiving book by Dav Pilkey. It will have them laughing in their seats.
Younger child keeps eating his siblings book? This lift the flap board book has simple, bright pictures that will keep little hands engaged but is safe to chew on.
Political Talk at the table have you down? Pull out this book and share with all your relatives to help remind everyone how gratitude changes attitude.
Are the kids missing school? This is a fun book with silly pictures that will teach your kids to count backwards instead.
Feeling bad for all the Turkeys that didn’t receive a pardon this Thanksgiving? You and your child can cheer for this turkey to have a happy ending to its thanksgiving.
Need a book with big vocabulary to impress your in-laws? Karma Wilson always has beautiful rhyming text and big big words sure to impress.
Want a Thanksgiving book that teaches? Gail Gibbons always has beautifully illustrated and thoughtful books. A great way to end an evening.
Reading 20 minutes a day is critical. Especially during the toddler years. It may be hard to get a toddler to sit still for a full 20 minutes, so break up reading throughout the day. Remember even if they are doing something else they are still listening. So grab a book and read while they play or while you wait at an appointment or for a break at the park.
Books should only have a few lines per page. Even basic board books are a great read for this age. Choose short rhyming stories about familiar routines. Books about shapes, counting and feelings will help build basic vocabulary and help your child identify the world around him. Find books with bright simple pictures. Talk about the books you read to help draw the connections in the book.
Toddlers love to learn and you are the perfect teacher!
TOP 8 BOOKS TO READ WITH TODDLERS TODAY:
- I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, Harcourt, Inc., 2005. Rhyming, colors, singing this book has it all. The text can be read or sung to the tune of (It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more.) A mother warns her son to stop painting and he wants to listen but he just can’t help painting. EVERYTHING! The book builds vocabulary, increases phonological awareness and a book kids will return to time and time again.
- Move Over, Rover. Karen Beaumont, Harcourt, Inc., 2006. Another picture book win for author Karen Beaumont. Great pictures, unique words, fun rhymes, and a strong narrative make this a great book for toddlers. Find out what happens when a dog has to share his doghouse with animals escaping the rain. Until a very unwelcome guest arrives.
- One Hot Summer Day. Nina Crews. Greenwillow Books, 1995. (DIVERSE BOOK) Crews is a master of photography and text. In this book a young girl finds a fun time despite the summer heat. The familiar routine of summer play and the basic text will attract the youngest readers. It builds vocabulary, narrative skills, and will motivate readers to come back to the book again and again.
- Hickory Dickory Dock. Keith Baker. Harcourt, Inc. 2007. Familiar nursery rhymes help build phonological awareness. The repetition of sounds and the ability to sing along with the book make this a great choice for young listeners. They will learn counting and time, hear unique words, and be able to participate fully in the story.
- Counting Kisses. Karen Katz. Margaret K McElderry Books. 2001. Katz is known for her gentle illustrations, showing love between parents and children all while introducing vocabulary, counting, shapes, and everyday routines. Counting Kisses is a simple story of a child waking and a family sharing kisses throughout the day. Letter awareness and vocabulary are built with each reading.
- The Very Busy Spider. Eric Carle. Philomel Books, 1984. Carle’s books are classics. This story is about a spider who works hard all day while ignoring the pleas of the other animals on the farm to come and play. Children will learn animal names and sounds through this book. The illustrations, which Carle is known for, are simple, bright and inviting.
- Ten, Nine Eight. Molly Bang. Greenwillow Books, 1983. (DIVERSE BOOK) This Caldecott Honor book helps all children get ready for bed by counting its way through evening routines. Letter Awareness, Vocabulary and Print Motivation are strong in this goodnight story.
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? Bill Martin Jr. Eric Carle. Henry Holt and Company, 1991. Martin and Carle team up again in this book describing the sounds of different animals they will find at the zoo. Using Carle’s signature bright simple illustrations and Martin’s simple lyrical text. This is a book you will read again and again. It builds vocabulary, phonological awareness, and narrative skills.
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