My son, Parker, is 14 months old. And boy, does he LOVE to be read to. He will choose one of his books and quickly plop himself on my lap so I can read to him. I swear, he chooses a new book to read almost as often as a new toy to play with! I love that it is one of his favorite things to do with me, because I love it as well!
In addition, it is important to read to little ones to expose them to vocabulary and teach them to love reading at an early age. Here are 5 of our favorite books to read together (Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links, but all books were either a gift or purchased by me and all opinions are my own):
1) I Love You Through And Throughby Bernadette Rossetti Shustak.
This book was given to me at one of my baby showers, and my husband and I have read it to our little guy since we brought him home from the hospital. It is such a sweet book about how much we love our children. As Parker has grown, he has loved the book as well (as you can tell by looking at the book!) His favorite part of the book is the page where it says “I love you inside and outside” and it has a little boy in the tub. Yep, we have a little water boy! This is the perfect book to snuggle up with your little ones before bedtime.
2) Big Board Books Colors, ABC, Numbers (First 100) by Roger Priddy.
This bright, colorful book is very appealing to toddlers! I love it because it has a little bit of everything. It exposes children to the names of colors, numbers, the alphabet, shapes, and more! This book is a great way to teach children a variety of words as you read together. As children learn the words, you can use it as a learning tool and ask your child “Can you find the elephant?” or “What shape is this?” I highly recommend this book!
3) Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Peekaboo kisses is an interactive flap book that is a perfect sensory activity for little ones! On each page, it shows an animal with its face covered. Each page has an animal with either a texture to feel (such as: soft kitten kisses, woolly sheep kisses) or a fun sound (squeaky mouse kisses). Finally, the book ends with “Peek-a-boo, I see you!” with two flaps that open to reveal a mirror. The smile on my son’s face every time we get to the mirror at the end of the book is priceless! This book is great for toddlers who love touch and feel books and looking in the mirror (which is just about any toddler, right?) One thing to keep in mind though is that this is NOT a board book, so it tears easily. It has ripped a few times, but we have just taped it back up.
4) Colorful World (Fun Flaps) by DK Children
We received this book from the hospital when Parker was born. It is a small lift-the-flap board book filled with lots of bright, fun colors! Each page has a flap that can be lifted and opened in different directions and reveals a variety of items in each color. This book is another one that can be used as a teaching tool. You can ask your child “What color is this?” or “Can you point to something that is orange?” My son has loved lifting the flaps and chewing the corners off of this book!
5) My Big Animal Book (My Big Board Books) by Roger Priddy
And last, but certainly not least, another fantastic Priddy book! This one is perfect for little ones who love animals. It is a great book to teach your students the names of a wide variety of animals! The animals are categorized by type (farm animals, baby animals, pets, etc). Once your child has mastered the animal names, you can continue using this book to teach children the animal sounds! Just like the other Priddy book above, you can use this as a learning tool by asking your child “Where is the fish?”, “What is this animal?” and “What sound does it make?” This is a great book to read before your child’s first trip to the zoo! When they recognize the animals from their book, they will be even more excited when they see them in real life!
You can click on the title or book covers on any of the books above and it will take you right to Amazon where you can check it out further and/or purchase the book(s) for your child! If you have read or checked out any of these books, what did your toddler think of them? Do you have any other books you’ve read with your toddler that you love? Share away in the comments below! I love to hear from you! 🙂