“So which book should I read to my toddler?” is a question I often hear mothers ask. There was a time when I struggled to find the answer to this question myself.
There are a zillion children’s books in the market but of course one can’t buy them all, so I scoured the internet, blogs and parenting websites. I asked my friends and other parents on what their child loves. I spent hours at cute little bookshops to find books that I wanted to read to my daughter. I bought some books we both didn’t like so much after all and then there are some which are loved and read so much that I have to put cello tape on the edges to protect them from much wear and tear 🙂
So, as I read this question once again on a Facebook group I am a part of I thought of putting down a list of books that we love…. hoping it will be a good idea to share what worked for us and to learn from you what we can read next!
So, here’s my list in no particular order:
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: This book is a master piece. I would be lying if I say that I was thrilled when I first held it in my hands…. in fact I was outright disappointed at my online purchase. My husband who was at home that time laughed and made a vague comment on the funny looking pictures. Any how night came and I thought since we already have it why not give the weird new book a try.And then magic happened! Our daughter not only loved the book right away, she was also awed but the illustrations. Yes… those weird funny looking pictures were very well received much to our surprise. That day onwards the book became a bedtime staple and has helped us through countless evenings. Goodnight Moon is still part of our bedtime ritual most days, though by now even our daughter knows the book by heart and we sort of sing it rather than read it.
- Who Lives In The Pond by Baby Einstein: I ordered this book online thinking it will be a good read for bath time because of its plastic pages. The book immediately became a hit at all times with its bright colors, an easy to understand story line and very good choice of rhyming words which add to the child’s vocabulary. My daughter is almost 3.5 years old now and is still charmed by the book.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: What more can I say about this classic that hasn’t been said before?! Simple story and eye catching illustrations… fun fun fun all the way!
- Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle: This is another book that draws instant interest. Again this book is so successful because it is simple, easy for the child to read and understand, entertaining and exposes the child to animals and their sounds.
- Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle: I picked up this book at a yard sale solely because its by Eric Carle. My daughter adored the book from the moment she set eyes on it. Yes, the fact that she’s obsessed with sea animals these days and Sea Horse is one of her most favorite creatures helped too. The book has Eric Carle’s signature illustrations, which honestly seem a little weird to me but were LOVED by my daughter. What I liked most about this book is how it talks about fathers caring for their children rather than the mothers through some uncommon sea animals. Don’t see too many books on this.
- The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry: My daughter was gifted this book by her Aunt and I’m so glad because had it not been for the gift I might have missed out on a great read. The book teaches the importance of being friendly through a simple enough story which is a lesson everyone would love to teach their child.
- Little Star (Dora The Explorer) by Nickelodeon: My daughter is a Dora fan so we tried a whole bunch of Dora books before we stumbled onto this one, and this is one of the most read books in our house. A charming little story about a star (always a child’s favorite!) and some problem solving Dora style is a perfect recipe for happy times. We read this book with hand gestures and very soon 1.5 year old VMJ was completing the sentences and doing the actions as we read the book together OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
- Ant And Bee And The Rainbow by Angela Banner: This one was picked up at a cute little shop around the time I was teaching colors to VMJ. This book has interesting characters and their experiments with colors, something you can do with your child as you read the book with him.
- Corduroy by Don Freeman: This book weaves a sort of magical world with the story of a toy coming alive at night, and all kids can use some wonder especially when they are growing up. Not just that, the book also teaches kindness – a virtue the world needs more of.
- Goldilocks And the Three Bears: It’s an oldie but a goodie. This book has been another favorite in our house and we have loved reading it to VMJ with different sounds for the 3 bears… its so much fun for her and us alike!
In addition to these we also love the Fischer Price Little People’s flap books. They are excellent in keeping the littles busy for a long time ON THEIR OWN!!
The Bruno and Pepper series of story books are great too, especially on how they help reinforce the lessons parents struggle to teach their kids and come at a very affordable price.
My daughter also thoroughly enjoys her collection of small board books which are again very affordable.
Hope you and your child love these books as much as we do!
Please do share your favorites too so I can add those to our library 😃