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Reading has always been one of my most favorite ways to spend my time. I was always an avid reader from the time I was a child until now as an adult. I want my kids to have that same love for reading and I know it starts when they are little.
There is so much information out there on how important it is to read to your children. It improves their literacy, it helps you guys bond, they learn how language is supposed to sound based on the inflections of your voice as you read the story, and so much more!
These are some of the absolute favorite stories in my household, (and they happen to be pretty popular books with other kids too!).
Click on the picture to learn more about the books!
Best Books For Toddlers
When I was pregnant with my son I had really bad nausea and I couldn’t do much with my daughter who was a young toddler at the time. So I pretty much read to her all the time. She LOVED this book. I mean it bordered on obsession. When anyone came over she would ask them to read the book over and over again to the point they would have to hide it because they couldn’t take reading it anymore! To this day if I read this to my kids I get flashbacks of morning sickness because of how often I read that book!! Not so great for me but I love that this story is one they love to read over and over again.
What I think makes this book so popular is you can act out the scenes when your kids are going on a bear hunt. So because it’s interactive it’s a huge hit!
This is such a cute book! The pictures make “scary” monsters cute and loveable. And it reassures children that their mommy will love them no matter what. My daughter loves to read along and when we get to the stinky face part she shouts it out and cracks up! This is a favorite for sure.
My son loves to roar at the pictures like he is a truck and my daughter likes to tell her own version of the story by looking at the pictures. The pictures make monster trucks exciting but not scary! Both of my kids love cars and trucks so it ended up being another favorite.
I was a little skeptical that this book would last past the first time we read it. I thought once the kids know what happens when you push the button, the novelty would wear off. I was so wrong… this was such a hit with both my kids. They love to push the button when they aren’t supposed to and they laugh the whole time! Once they inevitably push the button, they love to follow the directions to help Larry get back to normal. It’s a fun book because it lets kids do something they “shouldn’t do” and then lets them fix what happens.
I originally got this for my daughter so she had something for the car or if we were at a restaurant but it was a book both kids ended up loving so I let them play with it at other times too. Pretty much whenever I need my daughter to play quietly I let her use it. This is better for older toddlers as my son who is a younger toddler, likes to take the pieces off but doesn’t really get the premise of the book yet. But it is something that he can grow into!
It has pages to work on numbers, dexterity for little fingers, and imagination. This is great for cars, planes, restaurants, church, and any other time your kids need some quiet time!
What stood out to me with this book is it takes place at night, (which not a lot of kid books do). So your kids get to know animals that are nocturnal along with the cute story line. The illustrations are my favorite part of the book and reading about nighttime activities among the animal world is fun for little kids!
This is a cute one because you meet several animals and modes of transportation throughout the story. What makes the story so good, (at least in our house) is acting it out or making all the noises of the animals and modes of transportation. My kids love when we get to the SNORT!
We have both the Cat in the Hat and the Cat in the Hat Comes Back but my daughter’s favorite is when he comes back. She loves to tell me what’s going to happen with the character’s and the pink cat ring! If your kids love Dr. Seuss this is definitely one to add to the collection!
This is another Dr. Seuss favorite. I like it because I can get my daughter to participate with the story by telling me what letter we are reading. Practicing letters can get boring for kids. My daughter knows when I’m trying to get her to practice them and usually ends up being silly and not giving me real answers. I like that it’s a fun, creative way to practice the ABC’s that she actually likes to participate in.
So there are not many words in this book AT ALL. But what’s fun is you can either make animal noises for the characters or (our favorite) make up words for the story based on the pictures. Also my daughter noticed one time that there is a balloon and moon in almost every picture and I had never noticed it! Now it’s a ritual to always find the moon and balloon!
There are many benefits to reading to your kids. If you have toddlers you know they not only love to hear the same stories over and over again, but it’s beneficial for them to hear those stories over and over! These stories stand the test of time and will keep your kids interested for many story times to come!!