Statistics show that 50% of intellectual development occurs between birth and age four. A great way to start your child on the path to loving books is to read to them every day. Early experiences with books will create a bond with your child, provide a positive role model, and strengthen success in reading later on in life.
Here is a list of wonderful books to share with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. I must have read each one of these books to my little girl about a million times. Well at least it felt like it. My daughter loves books and I’m happy about that. If you have a favorite book that you and your child enjoys, I would love to hear all about it.
“One book can do what even the greatest toy cannot do: inspire a child to laugh, imagine, appreciate art, and understand human nature.” ~ Steven Kellogg, a favorite children’s book creator.
- WHERE’S SPOT by Eric Hill (interactive, critical thinking)
- THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats (multicultural, seasons)
- IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Laura Numeroff (imagination)
- JAMBERRY by Bruce Degan (rhymes)
- THE PARABLE OF THE LILY by Liz Curtis Higgs (seasons, Easter, forgiveness)
- THE FOOT BOOK by Dr. Seuss (opposites)
- PRAYER FOR A CHILD by Rachel Field (bedtime, prayer)
- GOODNIGHT AMERICA by Adam Gamble and Suwin Chan (bedtime, geography)
- GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown (bedtime)
- GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney (feeling)
- EXCUSE ME! by Karen Katz (manners)
- THE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister (sharing)
- THE VERY HUNGARY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle (counting, days of the week)
- BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin, Jr. (animals, colors)
- BRAINY BABY 123′S by Edith Reynolds (counting)
- BRAINY BABY SHAPES & COLORS by Edith Reynolds (shapes, colors)
- THE BIG RED BARN by Margaret Wise Brown (animals, opposites, colors)
- PAT THE BUNNY by Dorothy Kunhardt (sensory, interactive)