Books and reading are something that should always be incorporated in your child’s routine. It can help you connect with your child, learn something new, as well as develop a variety of skills in your child like empathy, communication, and vocabulary. Below is a list of books in different categories that can help with your child’s learning and development.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault à This rhyming classic teaches kids about the alphabet while also going on a unique and funny journey with the alphabet characters.
- Touchthinklearn: Abc by Xavier Deneux à This board book for babies and toddlers introduces them to the alphabet while also developing their sensory skills, both visually and tactilely.
- First 100 Words by Roger Priddy à This book exposes young children to simple words that they will encounter in their life. What’s great is that with each word, there is a coloured photograph that can help your child make an association between the two. Plus, the book is made of thick board, durable for long hours of use.
Colours and Numbers
- A Little Book About Colors by Leo Lionni à Children can discover and learn about a variety of colours with this story. Leo Lionni’s famous mice characters teach your child about these colours by associating them with fun and unusual objects.
- The Crayon’s Book of Colors by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers à This is another great choice for introducing your child to different colours as well as allowing them to use their imagination. Each crayon has a different personality which adds more excitement to the story.
- Goodnight, Numbers by Danica Mckellar à A story that can help your child with numbers as well as with getting ready for bed, this bestselling bedtime book emphasizes the importance of connecting numbers with objects in the real world.
- Classic Munsch 123 by Robert Munsch à Bestselling author, Robert Munsch, has written a book that helps toddlers learn the basics of numeracy while using well-known characters from Munsch’s other kids stories. At the end of the story, it also gives children the opportunity to reinforce these basic numeracy concepts.
The Body and the Senses
- Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church à This story can bring joy and laughter to your child while also helping them learn about some of their body parts, like their nose, mouth and ears.
- My First Busy Book by Eric Carle à This sensory-filled book introduces your child’s tactile and visual senses to a multitude of items. There are mirrors, various materials to feel, and flaps to lift, all while featuring different concepts that will increase your child’s knowledge (colours, animals, and numbers just to name a few).
- Anne’s Feelings: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables by Kelly Hill à This story can introduce your child to a classic novel while also learning about different feelings. Each feeling, such as happiness and bravery, is depicted in a scene with Anne while also using cut fabric and embroidery to make it a more tactile experience.
- I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak à This story discusses love and adoration through the two main characters, a toddler and a teddy bear, while the child goes through different situations. This can help your child understand the feeling of love and affection felt from you in a variety of instances.
Books play an important role in every person’s childhood. Books allow you to interact with your child, help with their learning and development, and is a great way to reduce the stress in both your and your child’s lives.