During the toddler years, your little one has — hopefully! — stopped chewing on his books and is interested in actually looking at them. Board books are still an option for toddlers, but you don’t always need to fuss over getting the sturdiest books for destructive little hands. Your tot is ready to explore all kinds of worlds in the pages of his books.
Your toddler is probably starting to sing the alphabet song, even if it’s just her own version of it. She wants to learn all of these letters that she has figured out are obviously important. Books that help practice the alphabet will be particularly intriguing for your little learner. Try “Click, Clack, ABCs” by Doreen Cronin or “Now I Eat My ABCs” by Pam Abrams.
Now that your toddler is past his second birthday, he’s probably learning how to count. It might be as simple as “I two!” as he holds up two fingers for his age or “One, two, wheee” when you are playing games. But, this quickly develops into careful one to 10 counting, especially when he can see the numbers and count along in his favorite books. Check out “One Gorilla” by Atsuko Morozumi and “Counting Kisses” by Karen Katz.
Toddlers don’t always pick up on colors right away, which is why it’s handy to have some books around to reinforce basic colors. Almost anything by Eric Carle is excellent for teaching colors, but his book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” is a classic for identifying basic colors. “White Rabbit’s Color Book” by Alan Baker is also loved by toddlers.
Shapes help toddlers learn to identify objects and skills like drawing. The sooner they can identify shapes, the sooner they can scrawl a rough circle on a piece of paper. Even if you aren’t worried about teaching shapes ASAP, these books are a fun read for toddlers. Look into the Shapes series by Justine Smith.
All books are educational on some level, but imagination books are just plain fun. They get children stirred up, and their imaginations start whirring. Soon the creativity spills over into play. Some fantastic books for capturing the imagination are “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.