Enticing and engaging is the key (and getting them sitting still for 5 minutes!)
There are a multitude of books suitable for toddlers, from funny to noisy, touch and feel to pull the tabs and let’s not forget traditional story books, all designed to engage a toddler’s mind. We all know how hard it is to get a little one sitting still and be focused on one thing for more than a few minutes at a time, before they are up and off discovering the next thing across the other side of the room. My eldest loved books from a very early age, any book with an interactive element he would happily sit independently and discover what’s inside or delight in finding things on each page as I called them out, but the youngest… well it’s a work in progress and I have to be a bit more selective in the books we choose to get him to fully engage.
Here are a few favourites that are a hit with the little ones, (even the most reluctant readers)
1.Pops for Tots – Pets
I love this one, each page has a pop-up surprise that moves as you turn the pages from a tail that wags to a bird that flaps. Little ones will love the colourful moving pictures showing each cute pet. Amazing quality that will soon become a favourite book.
2.Listen & Look – Jungle
One that has a bit of everything, whether your child loves the sounds to press, the fun of finding things on each page or the novelty of wipe clean fun it’s a sure winner. Fantastically fun but with many learning opportunities, looking for colours, listening and matching the animal noises, circling the biggest or smallest – I could go on, it is excellent.
3.Slide and Match – Colours
Beautiful book with colour themed pages to get them to match with the abacus style slider along the top, little ones will love being involved with moving the counters along as you go. Great for identifying and recognising objects and things around us as well.
Book treasuries and collections like this one are perfect for an afternoon or bedtime story, a new one for every day of the week. This book has wonderfully written short stories that are super easy for toddlers to follow with the colourful entertaining pictures throughout. Our favourite was The Goat Detectives.
5.Bobby Knows Best Picture Book
Picture books for toddlers are a wonderful way to teach children about the world around us, especially this one with a lovely life message any child can relate to. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life and encourages their visual development as well as keeping them engaged.