I love to read and have gotten so much joy from books over the years. Some of my fondest memories are of my dad enthusiastically playing all members of the Famous Five as he read to us at night. I wanted to instill the same love in my children so that they too could love reading and so we have a lot of books for toddlers. I have always tried to read with them, but I have to say that when my boys were toddlers they struggled to sit still for long enough to read a book. My twin girls on the other hand love a good book. Sometimes they love to eat them and lately they have enjoyed taking them all out and using them as stepping stones – honestly this has been one of their favourite games over the past few weeks! But the thing they like best is getting together their favourite books and snuggling up in a den or on the sofa for a good old read. There are so many books we love, but these are my top 5 books to read with toddlers.
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Usborne Books First Thousand Words in English – This is not a story book as such but it is great as each illustration has so many different things going on that it really promotes conversation. It is designed to teach toddlers loads of vocabulary, but by using fun pictures to associate words to items. We use this one a lot to help with my daughter’s speech delay
Campbell Books No More Nappies – it is no secret that potty training one of my twins has been nothing short of a nightmare. It has taken so very long and the carpets are destroyed…. this book has been a great way of having the conversation about where we do you know what without driving her mad as they just love this book. It has pull down tabs and lift up flaps concealing wee and poo accidents and even pulling up and down nappies. They both love it.
There’s an Ouch in my Pouch! – This one has been a firm favourite in our house for many years. It is such a sweet tale of a kangaroo getting a new sibling and is filled with great characters including a rather menacing dingo. I feel compelled to do a variety of voices and bad aussie accents whenever we read this one and so far the kids love it. I am waiting for the day when they ask me to stop…
The Dinosaur that pooped series – My children are all about toilet humour! If there is a reason that they can find to talk about poop they are all in so they are pretty much obssessed with these books. It makes them laugh so much to hear me talking about poop that we are onto a winner from the get go, but I must say the hilarity caused means these are not pre bed time books in our house.
Room on the Broom – its a classic I know and it never fails to enthrall my toddlers. I actually love reading it too. I can virtually recite now I have read it so very many times, but the way the book is written is so fabulous that it makes it easy to read in an engaging way for toddlers. If you have little ones and don’t have this book amongst the collection I totally recommend getting it. I am yet to find a child who doesn’t love this one.
So those are my top 5 books to read with toddlers, but I have got to tell you there are so many others I could have included in that top 5 including The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, There’s a Monster in Your Book, Rabbit’s Nap (Tales From Acorn Wood), Ten Little Dinosaurs Board Book . I really hope that they all go on to love reading as I do think it is the most amazing way to escape from the world and forget about reality. I still love a good sit down with a book and when I stop needing to read all of these gems to the littles I might have time to do it again. In the meantime do share with me any books that you would recommend for reading with toddlers as although these are fab sometimes a girl needs a change….