10 Best Books To Read To Infants And Toddlers

I love reading and I want my children to have the same love and enjoyment in reading books. What are the best children’s books for infants and toddlers? Here’s a list of the ten recommended board books you can begin your collection with.

I started to collect story books for my children when I was pregnant. Most of these were board books that could be handled by little children. I love and enjoy reading and I want my children to have the same love in reading.

So when they were still inside my womb, when they were infants and now as they hit toddler age, I read aloud to them. Consequently, my daughters are asking me to read these storybooks to them before bedtime.

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Here’s a list of the ten best board books for toddlers that I recommend


1. The Going to Bed Book (1982) by Sandra Boynton

This is a bedtime storybook for your infant or toddler who doesn’t want to sleep yet. It is a story of animals preparing to go to bed. Their preparations include taking a bath, finding their pajamas, brushing their teeth, and doing some exercises. After doing all these, they say goodnight at the end of the story. The pictures of animals vividly illustrate the story. It is entertaining to read and look at the funny illustrations of animals. It is easy reading because it has only 14 pages


2. Goodnight Moon (1991) by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

Here is another bedtime book which illustrates a young rabbit’s goodnight wishes. He bids good night to every object he sees. It is full of details on what can be seen inside the rabbit’s room. There seems to be endless litany of goodnight wishes until the drawings fade away and a yawn appears at the end of the page. It is a 30-page board book that can withstand your baby’s little hands.


3. Barnyard Dance! (1993) by Sandra Boynton

If you’re looking for a book which will teach your child about dancing, then this book should be part of your book collection. It includes funny animal illustrations, a catchy rhyme pattern, and easy-to-follow dance steps. It encourages your child to participate by doing the dance steps and by producing the sounds of the cows and of the birds as you read the book aloud.


4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1994) by Eric Carle

This is a board book that is great for you to read to your infant and / or toddler. It is a fascinating story of a newly hatched caterpillar which puts holes on food that he eats from Monday to Sunday. After one week of eating, he spins a cocoon and is transformed to a beautiful butterfly after two weeks. It is a picture book of only 13 pages and is small enough for your child.


5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1996) by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

It is a picture book which will introduce your little one to animals and colors. It’s rhythmic pattern and rhyme makes little ones recite along with it as it is being read. Though there is really no story plot, it can help your child identify the different animals and the different colors of these animals on each page. It’s an educational book for your toddler.


6. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! (1996) by Dr. Seuss

This board book will definitely introduce in a fun way the letters of the alphabet to your child. It uses the letters of the alphabet repeatedly in the text and includes pictures to illustrate the words. It also contains rhymes that young readers will easily memorize. With this book, learning the alphabet will be easy for your child.


7. Mama, Do You Love Me? (1998) by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee

This is a touching story of the unconditional love of a mother to her child who asks her a simple yet thought- provoking question. It conveys the assurance that no matter what the child does her mother will still love her. The story also introduces another culture to your baby because the child’s mischievous acts are peculiar to the Inuit culture of Alaska. In addition, the pictures are beautiful and are full of details which can captivate your child’s attention.


8. Too Big for Diapers (2000) by Random House

If you want a book that will introduce toilet training to your child, then this book is for your little one. It is a story of Baby Ernie who is already too big for diapers and who learns to use the potty for the first time. It conveys that infants wear diapers but they use the potty when they have grown up. It’s not just informative but is also entertaining for toddlers. Plus the pictures are very nice.


9. Bear Snores On (2002) by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Do you want your child to learn the value of sharing and caring? This book is a good way for you to introduce these values to your infant or toddler. It talks about Bear who wakes up to find uninvited guests to his lair. While he was sleeping on a cold winter weather, the mouse, the hare, the badger, the mole, the wren and the raven came to find shelter on his lair and started a party. Its illustrations are beautifully-drawn and its rhyme pattern is beautifully-crafted that your child will ask you to read it again and again.


10. Baby Einstein: Babies (2002) by Julie Aigner-Clark

This is a good board book to expose your child to different images of babies. Its pages are thick which can be easily turned by your little child on his or her own. The images which are photographs, drawings and fine art include basic information about each of them. It’s one book your little child would love to look at and read.

If you have read good board books for your child aside from those in the list, feel free to include them here.

For more related articles on your child and reading, see:

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Karen Mira

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