Why read to young children? Reading is one of the best activities you can do with your child for brain development. And it’s fun!
Benefits of early childhood reading:
- Quality, bonding time
- Entertaining for children of all ages
- Helps to develop vocabulary and language skills
- Teaches children about new topics such as shapes, colors, animals, positions of objects, etc.
- Builds imagination
When I was pregnant, I bought several Dr. Seuss hardcover books. Rookie mistake…do not buy paper books for infants or toddlers. Infants and toddlers are so rough, paper books just can’t hang. So my advice, make sure it’s a board book!
- Read when they’re in a good mood
- Use different voices and tones to keep them interested
- When they’re old enough, let them choose the book
It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Below you’ll find our favorite books for infants and toddlers.
Simple Picture Books
This is JC’s all time favorite book. It’s simply a book with 10 images per page. Each page has it’s own category such as colors or foods.
We’ve enjoyed this book in 3 phases:
- When JC was younger, I would read the words and point to the associated image so JC could learn the name of each image.
- As he got older and learned the words, I would call out the name of an image and he would point to the appropriate image.
- And now that JC’s language skills have developed, I point to an image and he tells me the name of it.
This is a great book for infants. It’s a simple picture book that displays one animal on each page and the name of the animal in both English and Spanish.
Fun book to continue to learn colors. This is a little more advanced than the previous book, as there are multiple images on each page. It prompts you and your little one to identify which items are a specific color.
Take a tour around Daniel’s neighborhood. Each page displays a different location and items you would expect to find. For example, in the garden you’ll find the names and images of fruits and the restaurant you’ll find the name and images of utensils.
Can you tell we love word books ? Each page will specify a color and you will be prompted to identify the items displayed with that color. For example, the red page will have Elmo, red shoes, a red balloon, etc.
Books that Make Sounds
What’s that Sound is a great series of books that displays an image on each page. When you or your child press the image, the book makes the corresponding sound. JC loves the animals version.
Great way to learn new animal names and sounds. Press on one of the images on the side panel and the name of the animal will be announced, along with the corresponding animal’s sound. I only wish this book came in board book format. I’ve only seen it hard cover format and those paper pages don’t stand a chance against toddlers lol.
Touch and Feel Sound Books
Classics We All Know and Love
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