Toddlers are a handful, especially for first time parents. Once the novelty of being a parent wears off, first time parents are often at a loss to find new ways to engage their toddler in productive ways.
Fear not! There are great toddlers’ books out there that will help you spend quality time with your kids, bond with them and develop the reading habit in them in fun ways.
By Eric Carle
This all-time classic picture book has been sold 30 million copies worldwide and has been made into animation films! The hero is a caterpillar who gobbles up loads of foodstuff before transforming into a gorgeous butterfly. Ideal book for toddlers to fire up imagination and learn about the natural world.
By Bill Martin, Jr.
Your toddler will love this picture book which begins with an illustration of a large brown bear and the question: ‘What do you see?’ The bear sees a red bird, which in turn sees something else colourful, and the story goes on. Toddlers will delight in guessing which animal comes next and the repetitive structure makes it a perfect read-aloud.
By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”
By Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
By Sam McBratney
This beloved classic picture book has been sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and been published in 53 languages. The two hares in the story try to quantify how much they love each other, asking the titular question “Guess how much I love you?” First time parents will thank the authors for the bonding experience that this book provides, by introducing the emotion of love in such relatable terms.
By Dr. Seuss
This is a two-thousand-year-old classic of a civilization but is no less valuable despite its age. Small little stories that impart genuine practical wisdom to your kids. Don’t let the age of the book fool you – it is as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago.
By Roald Dahl
By Dr. Seuss
By Judy Horacek and Mem Fox
First time parents will find each of the books above as a Godsend in bonding with their toddlers, as a bed time story read again and again. There is no better way to celebrate childhood than reading to kids, and getting lost in the happy wilderness of tales well-told, with your toddlers. Happy reading!
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