Hi all! I have put together a list of must have books for toddlers to help support children’s literacy.
It’s important we help our children to develop a love of learning at an early age to ensure they succeed academically and in life.
According to the national Center for Education Statistics, children who are read to at home have a significant advantage over children who are not. Currently only about 53% of children ages 3 to 5 in the U.S were read to by a family member. For me, this is unacceptable. Every child deserves the best opportunity to succeed in life, to be better and to do better.
How do I get My Child Interested in Reading?
It’s very important that we lead by example. If we show an appreciation for books, our kids are more likely to show an interest as well. Having a bookshelf filled with books, whether it’s cookbooks, magazines or encyclopedias – simply having these around will show children reading has a valuable purpose.
How do I pick the right book?
With so many books for toddlers available to choose from, finding the right book may seem daunting. Luckily, bookstores take some of the guess-work away by putting the books in sections by age.
For younger children, ages 0-2, brightly colored board books are perfect. Ages 3-5 are really starting to use their imagination so we can never go wrong with a fantasy book.
My son gets so hooked on a book and wants to read it every night until he can literally recite the entire thing so I try to introduce a new one at least once a week. My daughter is the opposite, she welcomes variety in reading. We can go from Disney Princesses one night to Science in Chemistry the next. I’ll work on a list of great books for the Kindergartner for us very soon!
6 Must Have Books for Toddlers
The Pout-Pout Fish is such a favorite in our house. Both kids absolutely loved this book, specially the end. 😉 Imagine our delight when we found out there is a whole series!
Number One Sam is a cute little story that my son loves! He loves all things with an engine and wheels so this book appealed to him. The message is what appealed to mom.
Ten Little Dinosaurs is a unique little book that entertains the kiddos from start to finish all the while teaching them to rhyme and count backwards.
Giraffes Can’t Dance is special to us because my son has a giraffe lovey. It has been with him since the day he was born (and it shows!). This books shows kids that everyone can be wonderful even if they’re different. 🙂
The Wonderful Things You Will Be encourages children to be kind, clever, and bold, to take care of the small and to help things grow. There’s not much I can add to that.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is great for the younger kids. This book shows the transformation of the butterfly through vibrant and colorful illustrations.
I’d love to hear what your favorite books are for your children. Let’s make this list longer by commenting below! Help spread the word by Pinning to Pinterest or sharing on your favorite social network! Be sure to subscribe too, that way you’ll never miss a post. 😉
Lots of Luv!