I’ve hand selected some of my favorite children’s books to boost early reading with your toddler. Reading books to children stimulates their imagination, listening skills and helps them develop language. One of the most beneficial things you can do for your child is to read aloud, even if they seem to be busy and not listening, they are. I started in the very early months, from birth, reading fun books with shapes, colors, prints, sounds and texture.
Here’s a list of fun and exciting books I’ve enjoyed reading with my son. I hope that you find a few new books to add to your children’s library.
Books to Boost Early Readers
- Good Night Moon – This book is our number one and only story time book for Calvin. Good Night Moon is a staple in our library book section. He definitely knows each word. BUY
- Baby Touch & Feel: Animals – A small touch and feel book full of cuddly bunnies and other soft animals, this is a gift your little one is sure to adore. BUY
- The Pout-Pout Fish – Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen’s fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down. BUY
- Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? – A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals. BUY
- If Animals Kissed Good Night –In a cozy bedtime chat with her mom, a young girl wonders how animal families might say good night. Would Wolf and his pup “kiss and then HOWL”? Would Bear and her cub “kiss and then GROWL”? But what about Sloth and her baby? They move soooo slooowwwww . . . they’re sure to be kissing from early evening until long after everyone else is fast asleep! BUY
- An Amazing Alphabet Book – With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as easy as A, B, C. BUY
- Giraffes Can’t Dance– Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. BUY
- The Hiccupotamus – “There was a hippopotamus who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus. And every time he got’emus… he’d fall upon his bottomus!” Calamity ensues when an elephant, a centipede, and a rhinoceros try finding a cure for Hippo’s colossal case of hiccups. Author-illustrator Aaron Zenz’s creativity shines through in his colored-pencil artwork in this off-the-wall read-aloud. HIC! HIC! HIC! BUY
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This book is a classroom favorite. I’m sure your toddlers will love. BUY
- Guess How Much I Love You – “Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him. BUY
- First 100 Words– Your little one will soon learn some essential first words and pictures with this bright board book. There are 100 color photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 simple first words to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold. BUY
Reading 3 or more books every day is the fastest way to help your child become an early reader. Feel free to recommend more books should I add to the list?
Thank You For Reading! Ro’Shunda