5 Books Every Toddler Should Own

My third child is a toddler right now. He is finally hooked on books and requests — or rather demands — repeat readings of his favorites. I am so thankful that I am able to surround him with wonderful books at this stage. The toddler stage is a critical time for building vocabulary and getting children excited about reading. Here are five books that all toddlers should have the opportunity to read over and over.

“Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a cardinal looking at me.”

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. A great book for teaching toddlers the names of colors and animals. As babies, my kids were enamored with this book’s front page cutouts and loved manipulating and learning to turn this book’s pages. In My Many Colored Days, Dr. Seuss encourages kids to pay attention to and accept their feeling. Ages 0+

To Be a Kid (board book edition) by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko. This is a wonderful book for teaching older toddlers action words (e.g. running, eating, painting). At the same time, To Be a Kid exposes toddlers to images of kids from around the world. The message: kids around the world have a lot in common. Ages 0+

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle. This is an excellent book on many levels. The bold illustrations and rhyming text capture babies’ attentions. The repetitive text and beautiful illustrations make this an excellent choice for teaching toddlers the names of animals and colors. Ages 0+

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr. Todd Parr books are great for babies (bold illustrations), young toddlers learning their first words (simple illustrations provide opportunities to name objects), older toddlers learning to combine words (simple illustrations provide opportunities to teach kids to combine words), and preschoolers (great messages and humor). The Daddy Book has a great message for new daddies as well as their children. Ages 1+

Chicka Chicka abc (board book edition) by Bill Martin. The board book version of Chicka Chicka abc is perfect for toddlers to manipulate and the right length for toddlers’ relatively short attention spans. In my ideal world, every parent would teach their children the letters of the alphabet. This snappy rhyme, with an ending that my son loves hearing over and over again, is just the ticket for ensuring that children enthusiastically learn the letters of the alphabet. Ages 1+

Note: Board books are awesome! Choose board books for toddlers!

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