Reading is vital for our kids.
There are more benefits than we can usually count! At Teach Reading Early, they list 5 different areas where reading can benefit a child.
If reading is capable of strengthening all of these different areas, shouldn’t we make it a priority?
But if you are like me, there might be a few books that your kids love that you are less-than-enthusiastic about. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones where reading them even once is painful, let alone 10 times in a row.
So I have compiled a list of my 10 favorite books for toddlers! These are the books that are always entertaining to me, and I only get sick of them after the 20th time 😉
My kids LOVE this book! It is a fun, silly book about a cat that loves his white shoes even when he steps in different colors. There is even a free song download available with it, so your kids can sing along with Pete as he tells the world about how much he loves his white shoes!
This book teaches a few colors (albeit, not all of them), but it also teaches the idea of flexibility in life, since that can always be a challenge for a child.
A is for Angry is an adorable alphabet book with a fun adjective and animal for every letter. It is a really fun way to teach letters, animals, and new words like “bashful” or “zany.” It has been my daughter’s favorite book since she was about 9 months old. And my 3 year old loves it too! It’s a definite winner.
All of the books in this dinosaur series are wonderful. They start off silly asking if dinosaurs do crazy things like spit out their food or wail. But they always end showing that a dinosaur is kind and respectful, and therefore teaches kids what they should do.
And what toddler doesn’t want to be cool like a dinosaur??
These books are GREAT for teaching social skills and how to listen to parents.
This book is such a classic. I love the simple, calm drawings that just brings your child right into the book!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar can teach lots of things depending on how deep you want to go. It teaches basics of counting, different types of food, the importance of eating nutritious foods, as well as how a caterpillar can turn into a butterfly! It is always a fun read.
While this book isn’t exactly a classic, it is a favorite of my kids. Children love interactive books, and this book has little slides to show the letter and hide the animal and then discover what the animal is! I love it too since it is interactive, but doesn’t have the flaps that kids can easily pull off.
This children’s book is so beautiful and peaceful to me. It is such a sweet bedtime book telling your kids about all of the animals that need to sleep at night too! Funny enough, the snakes are my daughter’s favorite!
Time for Bed will help calm your child before bedtime as well as expose him to lots of animals!
I am pretty sure that we have gone through at least 4 copies of this book since my son was born 3 years ago. Like I mentioned above, I am not super fond of lift-the-flap books since they can get torn easily, but I could never give this book up.
It is about a child who writes to the zoo for a pet, and gets sent lots of animals that just aren’t quite right, until he finally gets the perfect pet. My children ADORE this book, which is why I am willing to keep taping it up and buying new ones when I need to.
In case you haven’t noticed, there is a slight theme to my favorite books. My kids LOVE their letters. They will both stand in front of the fireplace almost daily singing the alphabet song, so therefore any book with letters is an ultimate fave.
This book is just too cute about letters climbing up a coconut tree. My children get so into it as we are reading, and so I am always encouraging them to read it!
This book teaches my kids about different animals and their sounds, and because of it, they love to pretend to be animals like the kids at the end of the book do. Anything that sparks creativity within my children is a a good choice to me.
I still remember this book from growing up, and for some reason, I have always loved it!
What is great about Put Me in the Zoo is that it is a simple book with simple rhymes, so it can transition from being a fun book for your toddler, to being a starter book for reading with your preschooler. Learning to rhyme actually is an essential skill for reading, so try to find ways to rhyme even when you aren’t reading!
Now, how could I actually expect myself to limit my favorites to just 10?
This Little Critter book is so perfect for my son. I actually see a bit of my son in the Little Critter as we are reading it, so that might be why he loves all of the Little Critter books so much.
This one is about how the Little Critter wants to do everything all by himself, but even he needs help sometimes.
You can use this book as a teaching tool to promote independence within your child, as well as to show when help might be necessary. It is just a cute story all around.
Goodnight Moon gets obnoxious to me after a few reads because looking at those color schemes just drives me nuts haha. My kids love it though, and it really is a great bedtime book.
Love You Forever is an absolute favorite, but I don’t tend to enjoy crying every time I read to my kids, so that is why I left it off of the list 😉
Now tell me, what books am I missing? What are your favorites? And make sure to subscribe to not miss a post AND to gain access to my FREE 5 Day Baby Sleep Course! Just in case even a bedtime book doesn’t help your child fall and stay asleep 😉
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