A toddler has attention of a fly, maybe shorter, and that means books need to be creative. The books on this list are short and sweet. It does not have to cost an arm and a leg to show your toddlers books they will ask you to read over and over. All of the books mention below are under $13. This is a Top 10 List for reading to toddlers.
Noisy Farm- By Tiger Tales
This is a family favorite, a book given to my daughter, with love from grandma. It makes animal noises. It explains what farm animals sound and feel like. It also talks about what they like to do. A very interactive book that is surely to keep any toddler’s attention all the way through. This book has eight pages of cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, and horses. A five star book.
Little Mouse Finger Puppet Book- By Chronicle Books
This is a poem turned into a book, including, a finger puppet that can be played with throughout the book. There are other books, like this, that display other animals. Parenting magazine promoted this book by saying “Give your baby his (or her) first taste of story-time magic with this finger puppet board book”
My First Bilingual Book Home Zuhause English-German
A book given to my daughter, by a cousin, at a baby shower with a book theme. I could not thank her enough for getting my daughter’s book collection started. The language immersion is great, a toddler can understand the charming illustrations of the word, in German and English. There are other books, like this, with different languages!
Dr. Seuss’s Red Fish, Blue Fish, Old Fish, New Fish- By Dr. Seuss Nursery
Based on and inspired by the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. It was not until becoming a parent, I realized, they are recreating new series of Dr. Seuss books. These popular childhood stories give old school parents something new to read. Water and bite proof; making this book a great bath time toy. Toddlers understand this book more than the original book.
Touch and Feel Farm- By DK Publishing
Toddlers get touchy with what each animal will feel like with ten pages of chickens, horses, dogs, sheep, and pigs. The book keeps toddlers waiting for the next page to turn, not for too long, with only twenty-eight words. Well made and will last many turns.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar- By Eric Carle
Alluring illustrations on every page. It is a story about a caterpillar eating through food and growing into a butterfly. Every page has holes, to signified, the caterpillar eating the food. This book was published in 1969. Eric Carle is a graphic designer that was born in the US and raised in Germany. For more on his books check out his blog http://ericcarleblog.blogspot.co.at
Where The Wild Things Are- By Maurice Sendak
This would not be a top ten of a books if the The Caldecott Medal was not given to at least one book on this list. Where the Wild Things Are received the award for the Most Distinguished Picture book. Stunning pictures on every page. It is about a boy, that goes to bed without supper, for being bad. He has a big imagination whose room turns into a forest. He sails away from his home to be king of the “wild things”. When he returns home a warm supper is waiting for him.
I’m Wild About You- By Sandra Magsamen
Comes from Scholastic collection. It is a book that teaches toddlers that they are loved with only twenty-eight words in the book they are sure to get the message. It uses monkeys, elephants and pinguins to describe different movements that explain why a child is loved.
Pat-a-Cake- Illustrated by Annie Kubler
Takes an old child’s game and turns it into a book. It has the musical notes, at the end, to give parents that would like to turn this game into a more musical experience.
My Teacher Can Teach Anyone!- By Nikola-Lisa and Illustrated by Felipe Galindo
A poem put to life with illustration. It teaches toddlers that they can learn anything from a teacher. It also teaches children to have appreciation, for the teachers in their life, preparing them for preschool, and what they could learn. An alphabet book, in disguised, that goes through occupations to show the letters. There is also a teacher guide found on this website.
Children should be read to from an early age. It expands their vocabulary and they will more likely become readers as an adults. Books open a wide world of adventure and spark curiosity. I hope this Top Ten List of Toddler books give your toddler a good start in life.
Teacher’s Guide – My Teacher Can Teach…Anyone! | Lee & Low Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2017.
Borteçin, Hakan Şan. Home = Zuhause: English-German. Rudgwick, Horsham, West Sussex, England: Milet Pub., 2011. Print.
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Dr. Seuss’s Red Fish, Blue Fish, Old Fish. New York: Random House Children’s , 2005. Print.
Kubler, Annie. Pat-a-cake. Swindon,: Childs Play (International), 2010. Print.
Lanning, Kery, Eric Carle, and Jean Casey. The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Lakewood, CO: LINK, 1992. Print.
Magsamen, Sandra. I’m Wild About You. New York: Scholastic, 1920. Print.
Nikola-Lisa, W., and Felipe Galindo. My teacher can teach – anyone! New York: Lee & Low, 2009. Print.
Noisy farm. N.p.: Tiger Tales, 2013. Print.
Put, Klaartje Van der. Little mouse: finger puppet book. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle , 2008. Print.
Touch and Feel Farm. New York: DK Publishing, 2012. Print.
Troy, Anne, Phyllis Green, and Maurice Sendak. Where the wild things are Maurice Sendak. Palatine, IL: A. Troy, P. Green, 1990. Print.
Admin. “Welcome to the Caldecott Medal Home Page!” Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). N.p., 07 Mar. 2017. Web. 28 May 2017.