When I was growing up, my favorite children’s book was Walt Disney’s Button Soup, a book my father sometimes read to us over and over again. I have fond memories of those days and hope to recreate the same warmth for my son.
Now, I have a collection of children’s books for my little boy that remain an important part of our home.
The books listed below are some of my 22-month old’s favorites, which he often brings me to read.
Why Reading to Children is Important
With the first three years of one’s life being the most critical for brain development, it is so important to interact with your little ones. An easy way to do this is to read to them.
At the pediatricians office, they will often provide you with books for your child before age 1. Why? because reading is an encouraged activity that creates one-on-one interaction for bonding and learning, which is important for their growth and development.
Books help increase language development, foster imagination, and help stimulate the brain.
It can also be soothing for a child to be read to especially as a part of a bedtime routine.
10 Favorite Children’s Books
Here are some of our favorite children’s books because you have to love them as much as your child does or else you may not want to read them! Buy books you both love, so you can enjoy them together.
1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day. This is a hilarious book about Alexander and the things that happen during his awful day which makes him want to move to Australia. This book teaches kids that sometimes we have bad days, but they are not the end of the world.
2. I Love You, Stinky Face. I discovered this book at a baby shower. It is a cute book about a mother’s unconditional love for her child. Even if her son becomes a stinky skunk or other monstrous creature, she always reassures him that no matter what, she will adapt and love him either way.
3. Let’s Dance, Little Pookie. If you haven’t discovered author Sandra Boynton, you will definitely want to soon! She has a ton of great children’s books. This adorable book is about trying to dance and there’s a funny little song in it to make your child giggle.
4. The Three Little Pigs. This is a classic book your toddler will adore. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is about three little pigs trying to protect themselves (and their home) from a wolf who they out smart. I usually act like the big bad wolf and play along, which makes my son laugh and run away.
5. Peppa’s Story Time Box. This is a set of books based on the British cartoon, Peppa Pig. If you have a Peppa Pig fan in your home, this is a great purchase. All the characters are animals and the stories are centered around everyday life.
6. 10 Days in Hawaii. Help your child learn numbers/counting in a fun way with dancing hula cats, surfing dogs, and more. I love books like these because they add in some culture!
7. From Head to Toe. If you have an interactive toddler who also loves animals, they will enjoy this book. Let them follow along and participate for a fun-filled read.
8. Good Night Moon. This is a great bedtime book where children can participate in saying goodnight to everything in the room. The pictures go from light to darkness, so your child can see the transition.
9. Hide and Seek Harry on the Farm. There are a series of these books, so you can have your pick. There are a lot of rhymes in here and your toddler may enjoy pointing out where Harry is hiding.
10. Horns to Toes and in Between. Another favorite Sandra Boynton book! Help your toddler learn parts of the human/animal body. There’s also a tickle session!
There are many great children’s books out there, but the one’s above are our current favorites at 22-months. I read some of these before my son turned 1 and they continue to be his favorite.
What was your favorite book growing up? If you have children, what are your favorite books to read?
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