It’s common knowledge that one can boost a child’s intellectual development by cultivating a good reading habit from a young age. But with an extensive list of books out there, it’s hard to know which ones to pick. To help you out, we have compiled a list of must-have books for your toddler’s library. So spend some precious family time with your kids as you bond over these fun books!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
A beloved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers around the world with its vivid and colourful collage illustrations and light-hearted story on metamorphosis. The adorable caterpillar eats everything, from apples to lollipops, throughout the week. Teach your little one numbers one through five as they count down the days of the week with the charming caterpillar. With its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a incredibly satisfying book for the kids.
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Come along with this brave family as they go on a bear hunt! Wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the thick oozy mud and fight through a snowstorm to find the big bear. Join in the adventure by acting out the actions (“Tiptoe!”) with your little explorers! With wonderful watercolour illustrations, onomatopoeia, lovely landscapes, rhyme and repetition, this interesting story is sure to get the kids excited.
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Green Eggs and Ham
By Dr Seuss
If your toddler refuses to try new things, this is the perfect book to get them to be more adventurous! With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, the much loved Green Eggs and Ham has cemented its place as a children’s classic. When Sam-I-am persists in pestering a grumpy grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham, perseverance wins the day, teaching us that we should not judge a book by its cover and should be open to trying new things. With the unique combination of zany pictures and riotous rhymes, this book is sure to delight the little ones and help them learn to read.
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?
By Bill Martin Jr
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat and a soft yellow duck parade across the pages of this delightful book. The vibrant coloured illustrations and singsong text creates an unforgettable image of these endearing animals. This book is perfect if your toddler is just starting to learn letters, sounds and words.
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Are You My Mother?
By P.D. Eastman
Follow the adorable hatchling on his journey to find his mother. The book is perfect if your little tot gets restless easily. Each time the confused young bird asks a strange animal, “Are you my mother?” ask your kids if they think the animal is the little bird’s mother. You can even get them to explain why and why not. Are You My Mother? is a wonderful teaching tool with a warm-fuzzy ending.
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