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Great books for infants and toddlers


As a parent, you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. From a very early age, reading together is one of the best ways to share time with your child. Nothing builds a child’s desire to read better than being held in a lap and cuddled as you read a story. 

Lap-time reading fosters feelings of warmth and security. It also expands your child’s view of the world and his vocabulary (the number of words he knows). You can read to your child anywhere – in the waiting room at the hospital or in the living room of your home. By setting aside time every day for reading, your child will see that you love books and reading. Studies show that this is one of the best ways to help your child develop a love of reading. 

Let your child pick a story. Then, cuddle up together to enjoy the power and magic of the printed word. 

Great books for infants and toddlers

1. The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fish Wright

2. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

3. Where’s My Baby? by H.A. Rey

4. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

5. I Went Walking by Sue Williams

6. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider by Rosemary Wells

7. Little Owl by Piers Harper

8. The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells

9. Good Morning, Baby by Cheryl Willis Hudson

10. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Mark Teague

11. Sleep: Baby Faces by Roberta Grobel Intrater

12. Mommy Loves Her Bunny by Josephine Page

13. Tickly Under There by Debi Gliori

14. I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

15. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

16. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

17. I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri

18. I Love You As Much… by Laura Krauss Melmed

19. Toes, Ears, & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer

20. Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch

21. Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

22. Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

23. I See a Cow by Richard Powell

24. All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury

25. Baby Bathtime! by Dawn Sirett

26. The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

27. That’s Not My Pony by Fiona Watt (look for other “That’s Not My…” titles by same author)

Adapted from materials from the National Education Association,, and from Scholastic, 


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