What are the best books for toddlers that mom and dad can enjoy too?

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Answered by: Kirsten, An Expert in the Ages 0-3 Category
Let’s face it. When your toddler falls in love with a book, you’re going to end up reading it to them over and over again.

That’s why its vital to find books that you’ll also enjoy reading out loud - even after the twentieth time!

Children learn through repetition, so reading the same book again and again is actually part of the learning process, and helps them to soak up new words.

A recent university study found that young children who had the same book read to them every night learned new words faster than those who were read a variety of different stories. Research suggests that you should introduce one new book at a time, and read it at least five nights in a row to give your child an opportunity to absorb and understand what they are hearing.

With this in mind, here’s a list of best books for toddlers that won’t drive you crazy.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

It’s no surprise that Dear Zoo has sold over 2 million copies world wide. This classic lift-the-flap book is such fun for young readers, and a quick, easy read for parents. If you write to the zoo and ask them to send you a pet, you may just end up with a giraffe (too tall!) or a lion (too fierce!). Children delight in finding out what’s beneath each flap, and the book serves as a great early introduction to animals of all shapes and sizes.

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson

When a little monkey loses his mom, he asks a butterfly for help. Julia Donaldson’s beautiful rhyming text is a joy to read, and there’s always something new to spot in Axel Scheffler’s elaborate illustrations. It’s a clever story with a bit of a twist in the tale, and certainly one you won’t mind reading multiple times.

I Love You Through And Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

This sweet little book reassures your little one that they are loved, no matter what. You can flip through it quickly, or pause on each illustration, focusing on opposites (I love you happy or sad) and body parts (I love your fingers and toes, your eyes and nose). This is a great option for snuggling up with your little one on your lap.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

What a great book to read out loud. The chant-like text has a great rhythm to it, and you almost sing this book instead of reading it. The realistic illustrations provide a rich backdrop to the adventure. You’ll soon know this one off-by-heart and will have your little one chanting along with you.

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

This is a lesser-known book by Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Based on a true story, 10 Little Rubber Ducks explores what happens when a bunch of rubber ducks get swept overboard and begin on a global adventure at sea. The book touches on so many concepts, including counting, directions and compass points.

Remember, reading is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for future success, and story time is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your child, so the best books for toddlers are any books that you can stand to read over and over again, without driving yourself crazy!

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