10 Best Books for Infants, Toddlers & Children

10 Best Books for Infants, Toddlers & Children

By Big Little Universe

10 Best Books for Infants, Toddlers & Children

The most powerful thing you can do for your child or grandchild? Read early, read often. Reading helps foster literacy skills from birth to 3 and beyond – benefits that last a lifetime. It’s never too early or too late to enjoy books with your little one. And, there is no better time than the present to grab a book and share a loving moment! 


Here’s how to get started.



Benefits of Reading to Infants and Toddlers


Even if your little one can’t read, you can still introduce books, spark a love for reading, and so much more. According to Healthline,Babies and young children are sponges that soak in practically everything in their environments.” The benefits of reading together include:


  • Language Skills: Introduces words, sounds, and comprehension.
  • Early Literacy: Essential fundamental building blocks for lifelong learning.
  • Brain Booster: Sets little ones’ brains up for success for years of learning ahead. 
  • Emotional Learning: Not only words. Think feelings!
  • Imagination: Sparks creativity and curiosity. 
  • Love of Reading: Raises readers for life.
  • Connection: Special time to cuddle and bond.

Books, books, and more of our favorite books! Introduce the magic of books to your little one and grow your family’s library to support different ages and stages.



Best Books for Newborns, Toddlers, and Children


Ages 1 – 3: Up, Down & Other Opposites  by Ellsworth Kelly
As you read about opposites, bring the visual presentation to life on a play surface or chalkboard. Chalk it out!

 



Ages 2 – 4: Cookies! An Interactive Recipe Book by Lotta Nieminen 


Encourage sensory learning, role play, and stir up curiosity as you read about baking cookies from scratch with our Essentials Play Kitchen. Little chefs big and small will love this! 



Ages 3 – 7: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


The crayons quit? Oh no! Combine giggle-inducing text, bold and bright illustrations from the story and inspire artists’ Big Little Universe by making recycled crayons using silicone molds. This is a fun way to bring the story’s concepts, colors, and words to life!



Ages 4 – 8: Press Here (Interactive Book for Toddlers and Kids, Interactive Baby Book) by Hervé Tullet


Apply the yellow dot’s story about cause and effect in a fun way. Print out an activity sheet, use hand-over-hand-assistance and encourage little readers to isolate their pointer fingers to trace shapes and letters.



Ages 4 – 8: Baby’s First Eames by Julie Merberg


As little architects learn about everything from art deco to Zaha Hadid, introduce each page’s alphabet using a printable alphabet page. Little ones can practice gripping a pencil while forming lines to make letters. The write stuff for a bright future!



Ages 1 – 5: Bizy Buddies Explore Digestion by Kevin Kohlstedt, Rudy Valenta


Make the story interactive using play food as little physiologists explore an intestinal adventure and learn about digestion. Tiny belly approved! 


How to Inspire Tiny Readers from Birth and Beyond


  • Make it part of your daily routine. Weave reading (and narrating experiences) into your child’s everyday life, e.g., mealtime, car rides, on the way to the grocery store, nap time, and more.
  • Make the story come to life. As you read aloud, use different voices for different characters and hand gestures.
  • Make it personal. Talk about your own personal stories.
  • Make your child an active participant. Encourage your little one to turn the page. Later take turns reading.
  • Make it fun. Read a variety of topics. 


  • All-Time Classics 

    Ages 0 – 2: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

    Age 1 – 3: Brown Bear & Friends Books by Bill Martin Jr / Eric Carle

    Age 4 – 10: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O (Bonus: Watch the animated version!) by Shel Silverstein



    Ages 3 – 8 :
    Dusty Learns to Ride Safely by Big Little Universe
    As your little one learns about riding safely, test out his or her skills on a scooter


    Let the Magic of Reading Begin
    After exploring books, tiny readers can store their most treasured stories in a right-sized tote. Time to grab a book and start reading with your little bookworm! 


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