Your Essential Guide to the Best Books for Toddlers!
Inside: Having a new baby in the house is magical. Even more magical? Snuggling up in a rocking chair with that new baby on your lap, sharing phenomenal stories together, with her tiny hands wrapped around your pinkie finger. There’s nothing better, and if you are looking for the best books for toddlers, including the best board books, you are in the right place!
Storytime Becomes Meaningful and Magical When You Choose the Best Books for Toddlers!
Since it’s no secret that stories are a major foundation of my world, the books arrived by the dozen when Pickle was born. Keepsake books, classic picture books, modern picture books and more.
But each night, when I finished our last feeding and picked up a book to read with my new little love as we snuggled together in the glider, it quickly became apparent that some books were just perfect while others were simply... not. At least, not yet. Not for this particular stage.
Board books were undoubtedly my favorites to read with my sweet boy, but even those were sometimes too long and wordy. I thus began to fall in love with very particular types of stories, and those were the ones we read on repeat. At the same time, I found myself keeping a running list of books in my head for when Pickle got just a little bit older: oooh - I can’t wait to teach the alphabet with this one! This will be amazing for when he can really interact with the book! This book is so unique - I need to remember this for a baby shower present!
The best books for toddlers revealed themselves to us pretty quickly.
When Pickle was a toddler, our reading really began to pick up, and I loved picking books to read that were not just fun and captivating, but meaningful, too. I loved watching him interact with stories (I still do!) Sometimes he had no interest, of course. But other times, his delight was readily apparent. When he saw me pick up certain books he would run to me in the glider, climb into my lap and snuggle up against me as if I had just bribed him with a trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
And then it hit me: the right books create magical moments. But how do you pick the right books?
Luckily, you are in the right place, because Happily Ever Elephants has done a lot of the work for you! But before we get to our selection of the best books for toddlers, let’s go over some basics, shall we?
The best books for toddlers stimulate development in remarkable ways.
It’s no secret that reading with your little ones makes for incredible bonding time. It also helps create lasting connections, intimacy between parent and child, and positive associations with books. But reading also impacts your child’s brain in the most phenomenal ways. The benefits of reading with your children from the time they are just infants include:
development of language skills and language processing,
exposure to nearly 78,000 words annually if read to every day, which boosts vocabulary and gives kids a huge advantage before beginning school,
stimulation to the part of the brain that helps with imagery and comprehension, as well as visual stimulation by presenting little ones with images and colors,
introduction to sounds and emotion, as well as the idea that particular words have meaning and connotation,
preparation for reading independently by learning the rhythm, tone and inflection in your voice, and
continuous exposure to your voice, which is both soothing and stress relieving.
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When seeking out the best books to read with your toddlers, consider these tips.
Imagine this: you are in the library and you need to grab some new books for your kiddo when - gasp! - you realize you have no cell service to access Happily Ever Elephants’ amazing resources. Don’t worry. Take a deep breath, and remember these tips:
Repetitive books are fabulous for babies and toddlers because they will eventually be able to fill in words on their own.
Toddlers typically have short attention spans! Hold their interest by choosing books with small amounts of text on each page.
For babies and toddlers under two, make sure to get board books with sturdy pages to prevent tiny fingers from ripping and tiny teeth from chewing their favorite stories!
Children love to point out the things they do every day in illustrations and stories, so consider books about mealtime, bath time, bedtime and the like.
Introduce new vocabulary with books that teach kids words they will be able to incorporate into their typical conversation. Books that associate words with pictures of commonly seen items around the house, outside, and at daycare or school are awesome.
Pay attention to your child’s interests, and get books that complement those interests!
Engage wiggly children and busy fingers with lift the flap pages, textured illustrations, die cut pages and deep grooves to work those fine motor skills.
And now, without further ado, check out these amazing lists!
Happily Ever Elephants’ Best Books for Toddlers!
For more fabulous lists of diverse books for babies, check out these great posts:
Growing Book by Book: The Best Multicultural Stories for 2-year Olds
Colors of Us: Multicultural Children’s Books - Babies and Toddlers
What Do We Do All Day: 15 Multicultural Books for Babies and Toddlers
For more terrific posts about interactive board books, check out these great posts:
Mommy Evolution: 15 Interactive Board Books for Toddlers and Babies
Pre-K Pages: Interactive Books for Preschoolers
Babies to Bookworms: Benefits of Reading Interactive Books With Your Kids
For more alphabet book lists, check out these great posts:
Imagination Soup: Kids Favorite Alphabet Picture Books
Everyday Reading: Our Favorite Alphabet Books: The Hunt for the Best ABC Book
Library Mom: Best Alphabet Books