Toddlers are funny little beings. They love colours and are curious. They are attracted to numerous, funny and ridiculous things. This is the time when children would have their brains developing rapidly. A lot of experiential learning would be what is needed to satiate the learning appetite of these little wonders. Reading to her when she isn’t exploring the house is the next best thing you can plan for your toddler.
Another important thing is the bonding that comes when you read together. The time you spent with her reading is going to be crucial in building the mother-child bond. You can start this habit even before she starts to talk. This will familiarise her with concepts and help her in language development in the next two years. Many studies say that children who were exposed to reading as toddlers loved to learn in school too.
During this phase, your toddler is learning concepts such as right and wrong, actions and consequences, people and relationships, and good and bad. The child is starting to think and books will give her more and more ideas to think about. Your toddler will obviously have a lot of questions while reading children’s literature. But, this is the best opportunity to encourage her to make conversation and express herself. More than any other skill, your toddler’s imagination is ignited.
Even though a toddler’s library is the best gift for your child, most people are clueless about children’s literature. It is important to include books that support the rapid growth she is going through. The list of toddler books must have content that is suitable for one-year-olds and three-year-olds. Here are the nine best books for toddlers that you must have.
Green Eggs and Ham is probably the most famous book in children’s literature. It was written by Dr Seuss, and the whole book is written with just 50 words. The book has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. The story is about a character who doesn’t like green eggs and ham and another who is encouraging him to try the food. The situation will ring true to all mothers with a toddler. By the end of the story, the character ends up trying green eggs and ham and loves it.
In a survey conducted by the National Education Association in the United States for 100 most popular children’s books of all times, Green Eggs and Ham was ranked in the third position.
Winnie-the-Pooh is suitable when your child is 30-36 months old. It is written by A. A Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The books have a series of stories about the adventures of a teddy bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Other characters in the book are Piglet, a toy pig and Eeyore, a toy donkey. A live owl and rabbit also appear in the book. The book will make your child curious about exploring the outdoors and hanging out with friends.
This book often tops the list of best toddler books. The book has a very simple plot. It is perfect for your one-year-old too. Toddlers love rhymes and rhythms. It is written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle. The narrator in the story is going around the woods and asking animals what they are seeing. The book was written to help toddlers to associate meanings to objects and familiarise with colours. The book has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.
The Story of Ferdinand is a book that has never been out of print since it was first published. Reading it to your child is also suggesting that it is okay to be different and it is not necessary to be like her peers. It was written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. The story is about a young bull named Ferdinand who didn’t enjoy butting heads with others but loved to smell flowers. In 1938, Life magazine called The Story of Ferdinand the greatest classic since Winnie-the-Pooh.
It is one of the best books for toddlers and has been titled as the greatest classics in children’s literature many times. It is designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle. The story is about a caterpillar who has just hatched from an egg and is very hungry. He eats several fruits for the next five days. The book illustrates the fruits and introduces the concept of numbers as well. The story ends with him becoming a butterfly with multicoloured wings.
Among many of the toddler books, Where Is the Green Sheep? is the best option to learn about colours. It is written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek. The story is all about various coloured sheep going through many things until finding the green sheep. It has a simpler vocabulary. The narration is in a rhythmic pattern that toddlers will find interesting. It goes along with the sense of playful discovery that toddlers have.
If you have had trouble getting your toddler to outdoors, The Snowy Day is the perfect solution. The book is written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. The story is about a boy who is exploring his neighbourhood after a snowy day. In a survey conducted by the National Education Association of America, The Snowy Day made it to the "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children.
Goodnight moon is one of the most popular bedtime stories of all times. It is written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. The protagonist is a bunny who is saying goodnight to everything he sees before going to sleep. Apart from the moon, the bunny says goodnight to a red balloon and kittens too. It encourages the expression of affection in children, and your toddler will empathise with the bunny as well.
The Giving Tree is known as the best work of writer, illustrator Shel Silverstein. The story is about an apple tree and a boy that becomes friends. The narrative is suitable for three-year-olds who is familiar with the concept of friendship and empathy. The book will give your child a glance into what life with friends is like. The story goes through different stages of the boy’s life, and it prepares your child to go off to school making friends of her own.