Reading is super important for children’s development. The more you can expose your child to reading and language the better it is.
Not to mention, most kids love books and looking at pictures. And they’ll love the time that they get to spend with you while reading.
Why is reading important for kids?
First Readers gives a list of “Fifty Top Literacy Statistics” that I would recommend checking out. This article talks about how important it is to expose your child to reading and language and how it affects their development.
Basically reading helps language development. It also helps children make sense of what is around them and helps them learn how to function in this big world that they are now part of.
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What if my child won’t sit still?
So as adults we know that it’s important to read to our children but what if our children doesn’t care to sit down and have a book read to them? That’s where enticing picture books come in!
Choose books that have characters or plot lines that will interest your child.
Does your child like trains? Pick a train book to read.
Does your child like animals? Pick an animal book to read.
You don’t have to always choose super realistic looking books although there is a time and place for that.
What types of books should I choose?
Another thing to pay attention to when choosing books for your child is to make sure you are including diversity.
Are there different family structures? Different ethnicities? Different cultures? Different abilities?
These are all important to expose children to so that they learn about the people around them and how to be good people.
It’s also important to choose books that help them learn lessons or learn things about their world.
One of the books listed below is Little Blue Truck. This story demonstrates how being kind to others and being a good friend means you have people looking out for you. Books like these teach children how to grow up to be good people.
1.Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
This book is mainly a picture book but it can help your child be exposed to language or objects and colors.
2. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
This book teaches about being a good friend and also about helping those in need. Your child will also be exposed to animal sounds.
3. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
This book might be a little bit more for the parents than the child. It talks about your child growing up and how we need to accept that.
4. The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
This story talks about being happy. Mr. Fish goes around talking to his friends about how grumpy he is but, in the end, he becomes a happy fish. Your child is bound to love all the colors and sea animals in this book.
5. Corduroy by Don Freeman
Your child will love this if they love stuffed animals. This story talks about a young girl coming to love and befriend Curdoroy after his search for a family.
6. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
This book is great for bedtime as it talks about a construction site settling down and going to bed. If your child is into bulldozers and such then they will love this book!
7. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
This book teaches about being selfish. At first, the rainbow fish is selfish and doesn’t want to share but in the end, he ends up sharing and making friends.
8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This is a cute bedtime story that I’m sure your parents probably read to you when you were little. There is no moral to this story, just a fun night time read.
9. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anne Dewdney
This story tells of a realistic scenario that kids might go through after you tuck them in at night. It might be reassuring for children who are scared of the dark or scared when you leave the room.
10. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
This cute story talks about a hibernating bear whose friends come and have a party in his cave without him. He wakes up and finds them in the cave and then what? This is a story your child is bound to love.
11. Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
This book is from the same author as Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. It tells of animals getting off a train to go to bed and the silly animals are bound to keep your child entertained.
12. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This book talks about how much we love our children. It can be a good way to talk about love and caring for people.
13. Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin and James Dean
There are many different Pete the Cat books but they are all fabulous. They teach counting, colors, and more through fun books and songs. A lot of the books also talk about being kind to others and being a good friend.
14. I Am A Rainbow by Dolly Parton
This book talks about emotions and how children might feel. It gives a color for each emotion and talks about how they might feel in certain situations. This is a great book for teaching emotions.
15. Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
Anne Dewdney also wrote Llama Llama Red Pajama. This cute book talks about a little excavator who just wants to fit in on the construction site. He can’t find a job that he can do until the very end when there’s a job that only he can do.
16. Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
This would be a great bedtime book as it talks about what a child is going to be tomorrow. It also talks about how it’s okay to not be brave or adventurous or so on. This book is great for teaching kids that they don’t have to be everything all the time.
17. Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
We all know that toddlers need help with sharing. This book talks about how Pig the pug doesn’t want to share his toys with the other dog. In the end, Pig learns his lesson and starts to share.
18. I Just Want To Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora
This book is about a little girl in an African village who doesn’t want to go to sleep yet. She says good night to everything she can before she has to go to bed. This book is a great way to expose children to different cultures.
19. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
By the same author as Bear Snores On this book about being thankful and being a good friend. This is a great way to teach children about saying thank you.
20. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Don Santat
This creative book talks about having an imaginary friend and the world that they live in. The vivid pictures are bound to keep your toddler interested in the story.
21. Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
This picture book talks about a bull who is a bully. In the end, he learns to be nice to people. It’s a great book to introduce your child to the concept of bullying
22. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
This book talks about a young girl who wants to play the drums but she is told only boys can play drums. This is a great way to start helping your toddler learn about equality.
23. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
This book is the same style as Llama Llama Red Pajama but it talks about having a fun day with dad. This cute book would be great for a dad to read to their child.
24. Otis by Loren Long
If your child loves tractors and farms then they will love this book. It is about a little tractor named Otis who gets replaced by a new tractor and then is sad. The story ends happily and your child will love finding out what happened to Otis.
25. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
This book is written by a father to his child to tell them about the world they are now living in. The cute illustrations in this book are great for introducing your child to new vocabulary and sparking conversations.