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.
I found that board books were most often my favorites to read with my sweet boy, but even those, at times, were too long or too wordy. I thus began to fall in love with particular stories that worked well for us — often reading them on repeat — but I also began to keep a running list of books in my head for when he got just a little bit older: oooh - I can’t wait to teach the alphabet with one! This will be sooo good for when Pickle can really interact with the book! This book is so unique - I need to remember to give 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?
Guess what? 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 and 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!