Choosing Great Books for Toddlers

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Curiosity and energetic behaviours encourage toddlers to learn and explore their surroundings quickly. Introducing reading to toddlers at a young age is beneficial not only for their learning abilities but also for their social awareness.

Reading opens a whole new world to creativity, learning and exploring; thus, choosing the right book for them to read carefully is essential. Ensuring that the book engages with them through visuals and help them understand the story is important, here are some tips to remember when choosing the right book for your toddler.

Illustrations and Interactive Features:

Ensure that the book has engaging illustrations and interactive features. At a young age, toddlers learn with their eyes; they can comprehend by understanding how the visuals tell a story, which has to do with the colours and theme of the illustrations; many books for toddlers have bright and warm colour palettes. Incorporating interactive features within the book's design helps toddlers engage with a book by touching and pressing the books.

It's another form of learning; it teaches toddlers to become more curious about learning. The benefit of interactive features within books is that they develop sensory skills and boost memory retention. Consider books with sound buttons, lift the flap and touch, and feel books to help boost their learning abilities.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is an amazing book for toddlers. From the illustrations to the interactive features, the book has many fun and educational benefits.
  • Where's Spot? by Eric Hill is another great book that encourages children to lift the pages and interact with different parts of the book.

Board Books:

As mentioned, toddlers are energetic and adventurous, so consider purchasing board books. Board books have hardcovers, making them sturdy and durable for toddlers' enthusiastic exploration, so opt for sturdy board books that can withstand rough handling.

Diverse Representation: 

Choose books that incorporate all cultures and backgrounds; teaching children about diversity and inclusivity from a young age is essential. With Australia being one of the most diverse countries in the world, it is necessary to teach young toddlers about diversity, which can be easily incorporated into books. It also helps toddlers who are from different backgrounds to feel included it also helps form new friendships and learning bonds.

  • The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds is a book that encourages diversity and learning.

Nursery Rhymes and Rhythms: 

Look for books with rhymes, rhythms, and catchy phrases. Toddlers are drawn to the musicality of language, making books with rhythmic patterns especially appealing.

Choosing great books for toddlers is a joyful adventure that lays the foundation for a lifelong love of reading and learning. By selecting engaging, age-appropriate, and diverse books, parents can inspire curiosity, imagination, and empathy in their little ones. So, let's embark on this literary journey together and watch as our toddlers' imaginations soar with each turn of the page!

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