Teach the ABCs with Our Must Have Alphabet Books for Toddlers!

Our MUST HAVE ALPHABET BOOKS FOR TODDLERS are here! If you are ready to start teaching your little ones their ABCs, here are 24 of the best alphabet books you can find, in one handy guide that includes great tips.

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Diverse Baby Books: Bring the World Inside Your Home With These Beauties!!

If you are looking for a curated selection of diverse baby books to read to your little ones (or to gift to a new parent) we’ve got your covered with this terrific list! Check out our diverse board book selections and find some new titles that will get two trunks up from your children!

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The Essential Guide to the BEST BOARD BOOKS for Babies & Toddlers!

We’ve got a phenomenal list of the very best board books for your little one! Here you’ll find the best books for your one year old and best books for your two year old kids, including black and white books for babies, interactive books for toddlers, alphabet books for toddlers, best board books for teaching toddlers colors, concept books and more!

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Best Board Books: The Watermelon Seed, the Gift that Keeps on Giving!

This is one of the very best board books right here. We are in love, and The Watermelon Seed has been on heavy rotation in our house for years! Check it out and see why we think its a best book for one year old and best book for two year old kids!

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Best Board Books: Monkey and Me, a Family Favorite!

Monkey and Me is one of the best board books, and it was on repeat read in our house for years! This is one of the best books for two year old kids, namely because of its short, repetitive verses. Check it out!

Monkey and Me, best board books and best books for two year old

There is nothing more exciting for a mom who loves to read than watching her child fall in love with books-- and then attempt to read them him or herself. Not all books are perfect for these emerging readers. Some are too lengthy, too wordy, or, simply put, too challenging. But then you come across a gem like Emily Gravett's Monkey and Me, and your heart overflows with joy as you watch your little one open a new world with the simple turn of a page. It is, hands down, one of the best board books out there! This is my pick for the newest Instagram bookclub, @kidlitpicks, which is highlighting favorite repeat reads this month.

The story is simple: a little girl and her stuffed monkey get downright silly as they imitate some much loved animals. They hop like kangaroos, hang upside down like bats, and swing about like monkeys. As the child's actions are depicted prior to the spreads illustrating the animals she mimics, a fun guessing game ensues as little ones attempt to figure out what animal will be featured on the next page.

Monkey and Me is one of the best board books that I find just brilliant in its simplicity. While Pickle is too young to actually "read" this book, the unadorned story and repetitive versus are perfect for boosting his confidence as an emerging reader. Sure, he essentially has the pages memorized, but that is what I love about it. That is where the magic happens. There is something so special about watching him pull this story out of a stack of books, climb onto his bed, and ask me to sit next to him so he can read to me. The fact that he truly believes he can read it makes him radiate joy and fall in love with the book. Repetition in story is so important for this reason - it instills such confidence in children!  But perhaps more importantly, in addition to boosting confidence, repetition also provides the practice kids need to enhance new reading skills by strengthening connections in the brain that help children learn.

Monkey and Me is a treasure in our house for both Pickle and Bo alike. You can never go wrong with a book by Emily Gravett. She's a gift to the world of children's literature.

Want the book? Get it here! Monkey and Me, by Emily Gravett.

Interested in checking out our other favorite Emily Gravett book? Click HERE to read our blog post on Orange Pear Apple Bear.


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Best Board Books: Learn Numbers with Counting Kisses!

For the sole reason that this book elicited so many giggles from my boys, this will forever rank is one of the best board books in our house. We have no doubt your kids will love it too, and its a great concept book to add to your collection!

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