The sooner you teach your child to love books, the better.
Benefits To Reading To Babies And Toddlers
-Provides one of the first building blocks to communication
-Begins teaching about numbers, words, letters, sounds, colors, and shapes.
-It builds vocabulary skills.
-It builds memory skills
-It builds listening skills
-It helps explain how the world works
Even if your baby cannot speak yet, they can listen and absorb what you read to them. You should read to your child every day starting as early as possible. Here are some great books for babies and toddlers. You are sure to recognize some of these titles from your childhood—how fun is that?!
#1. How Big Is a Pig? By Stella Blackstone
This cute and clever story with a surprise in the pigsty is fun to read and sports a good message. Plus, the drawings are adorable! Kids love the rhyming text that zigzags through the tale about farm animals. The cardboard edition doubles as a toy your child can look at in the stroller, and no matter how much they chew, lick, or throw it—the cardboard will survive!
#2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
My favorite ravenous caterpillar, still adoring children with his hungry ways all these years later. In fact, to this day, approximately one copy of this children’s book is sold every 30 seconds. Reading your child this adorable tale is sure to bring back memories from your childhood.
#3. Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
The other day, I was in line at the DMV when I saw a child licking the back of a stained chair his mom was sitting on. “Yuck” his mom said, when she finally caught on to what he was doing. His response? He giggled and licked it again. Kids will be kids, but perhaps this book will help. It serves as a great tool to teach your child the differences between ‘yummy’ and ‘yuck.’
#4. Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
This classic bedtime tale is the perfect way to put your little to one bed, all while stealing a few extra kisses and snuggles. The hug-and-read book is made tiny enough to fit in your baby’s little hands.
#5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Speaking of classics, who could forget Goodnight Moon? If you don’t recall, the book focuses on a baby bunny saying night-night to everything in his room—from his toys to the moon. It’s the perfect tool to lull your child to sleep after a busy day.
#6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
No childhood is complete until you can recite Green Eggs and Ham from memory! This book is penned in classic Dr. Seuss style, making it a fun read for all, no matter how many times you’ve heard the story before. As if you need more convincing, 88% of over 1,414 reviews on Amazon give it 5 stars!
#7. Corduroy by Don Freeman
This book was first published over 35-years ago, and today it remains incredibly popular. This was easily one of my favorite books growing up. Corduroy tells the story of a teddy bear locked in a department store on a mission to locate his missing button. In the process, he discovers a whole wide world. Best of all? The book ends with him getting adopted by a sweet girl. Children with stuffed animals adore this toy-come-alive story.
#8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
This dramatic and comedic story follows a brave family through a vast landscape. It’s fun to read every time.
#9. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children
Your child is never too young to start learning about diversity, and this book is the perfect start to their worldly studies. It features eye-opening photos of babies from 17 different cultures around the world. Each photo includes specific traits, such as clothing, activities, rituals and so forth, highlighting the different styles of life around the world. Every photo has one thing in common—babies are to be loved and well-cared for no matter where they live.