As a book lover myself, it was really important to me that my daughter was introduced to as many books as possible to try to ignite a love for reading at an early age. Now, age 1, she loves nothing more than sitting and listening to a story. So I have compiled a top 10 list of her favourites for all of those parents of toddlers looking to engage their little ones in the world of stories.
1 – Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
This is by far my daughter’s favourite story. She has actions and sound effects for every page and loves to hear it over and over again. The story tells the adventure of ten little dinosaurs as they leave their sleeping Mum to step foot into the big wide world. A great way to introduce counting backwards from ten to one.
2 – Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
I love this book because it introduces lots of other fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Bo-Peep and the Three Bears. It is essentially a book of ‘I spy’ with clever illustrations that have characters hidden in them for your little one to find.
3 – That’s Not My Panda by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
All of the Usborne touchy-feely books are excellent. They include lots of different textures and are designed to develop sensory awareness. When using these books with my daughter, I try to have the soft toy to go alongside it so she can relate more to the animal.
4 – On the Farm by Axel Scheffler
‘On the Farm’ is an interactive story with sliders which will keep your toddler engaged. I have found it to be a good introduction to animals that live on the farm and the noises they make.
5 – Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field
‘Oi Frog!’ is a rhyming story about a cat who tells a frog where all of the animals should sit. What I like about this book is that it introduces more unusual animals such as weasels, gophers, gibbons and newts.
6 – Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
My daughter loves this book as it has lots of flaps to lift and look under. It is a story about the Hungry Caterpillar making his way home to bed, passing other animals as he does so. A book that your toddler will enjoy before bedtime.
7 – Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy
This is certainly a story that all parents can relate to, longing for five minutes peace. The thing I like the most about this story is that it is not a rhyming story which is quite a refreshing change. In this story, Mrs Large just wants to have some peace from her children and heads to the bathroom to take a nice hot bath, but the five minutes peace that she hopes for is just not going to happen.
8 – The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
My 7 year old nephew absolutely loved this story when he was a toddler and my daughter is very much following in his footsteps. The story is about a snail who goes on an adventure with a whale and then plays a part in rescuing him. I particularly like the illustrations as they include a lot of different animals to introduce to your child to.
9 – What am I? My Year illustrated by Fiona Powers
This is a great little book. It is a rhyming story that introduces all of the months of the year. A great way to introduce months of the year to your little ones.
10 – Ten Little Pirates by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
This is another book in the ‘Ten Little’ series, all of which I would recommend. This story tells the tale of ten little pirates who go off on an adventure. The stories are very similar as they follow the same format, something I feel is very positive for younger children as they begin to recognise some of the words.