One of the most important things to me when it comes to parenting is education. Trying to make it as fun as possible, teaching her the basics as best as I can and doing it together. I knew way before being a parent that I would love if my child had a big passion for books like myself. I’ve always encouraged Imogen to read as much as possible and try to vary her books as much as I can. Over the past two years, especially this last year we’ve read a lot of books together, and she explores them on her own. I want to share with you some of her favourites, and ones we think would be an ideal gift for another child or mum to be.
What Did Busy Bunny Hear? by Tiny Town.
To start with, we were recently gifted this book called What Did Busy Bunny Hear? from a friend I went to university with. She works with the company Lemon Ribbon doing illustrations. Imogen LOVES this book. It’s bright and vibrant as well as being contemporary but she likes that she can either tell me the animals or do actions or sounds associated with it when reading. There are different cut out parts that are great for sensory in younger children.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
The next is a classic when it comes to childrens books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This is actually our second copy of it, considering how much Imogen loves it. She’s very keen at learning words at the moment, so all the pictures of food and pointing and telling is her favourite part about this book. She also loves the colourful butterfly at the end. It’s a great story for us to read when she’s going to bed.
Peppa’s First 100 Words.
Something I have tried to avoid in our household but came creeping in was Peppa Pig. However, this books is probably THEE best book we ever bought for Imogen. It’s a word book with pictures showing everything and even flip faps making it interactive. She LOVES this book and has learnt so many words thanks to it. I couldn’t recommend it enough, whether you love or hate Peppa.
Hide – and – Seek Pig by Julia Donaldson
The lift the flap book series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a huge hit in our household. We have nearly all of them and she loves reading the stories together and getting interactive with the book by lifting all the pages. They just short simple stories that is easy for her to digest without losing interest too quickly. Perfect for the younger toddler.
Tiger, Tiger, Time to Take a Bath by Jo Lodge.
Lastly, we have Tiger, Tiger, Time to Take a Bath. This is another new addition to our collection of many books. This is a book where you wiggle the page with your finger for the actions to happen. Imogen loves it and giggles especially when it come’s to the crocodile brushing his teeth. It’s another favourite of hers for bedtime and she even says the noises of the animals she knows. It’s a vibrant book that’s great for children.
And there you have it! These are 5 amazing books for toddlers under three and great little stories that don’t require too much attention for them to get bored easily.
What books are your favourites for toddlers? Let me know below!