We all understand the importance of reading aloud to our children from infancy: cognitive and language development, increased attention span, vast vocabulary, emotional intelligence…
The best way to do it? Start reading to your kids ASAP.
To make it easy, we’ve compiled the best books for kids so you don’t have to read about reading anymore. You can skip the research and go directly to reading to your kids.
All of these books support positivity, empathy and kindness. This list contains books without any negative connotations, inappropriate subject matter or questionable messaging so that you can feel confident picking up any of these and reading it to your young child’s impressionable mind!
All of these books are from Amazon, they all have a 4+ rating and most are available through Prime!
We start with board books for babies and toddlers, and then move on to books for preschoolers & kindergartners, so if you have kids in the older age bracket, feel free to skip the first few.
Here we go –
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Board Books for Babies & Toddlers
A tiny board book version but with all the same action. Get in touch with your sillier self and your child will be begging for more! An innocent Grover is trying to convince you, the reader, not to keep turning pages with a “love yourself” message as the sweet ending.
This is a “panel” book, so the pages aren’t as thick as a regular board book, but it’s definitely a good rhyming Christmas counting story for young kids and the last page lights up. (My six year old still loves this book)!
A fun, silly story about a family’s walk in the woods with much repetition for toddlers. Your kid will LOVE if you act it out as you’re reading too: stomping, splashing, running and hiding is sure to entertain them as you read!
For the artistic family! This board book is peaceful, emotional and beautifully illustrated. The rhyme is melodic and there are not too many words involved. Great for discussions on emotions as kids get a little older.
If your child loves trucks, tractors or things with motors, this might be the bed time story you need. It’s melodic and has a nice flow, so it’s enough to keep a toddler’s or preschooler’s interest while still guiding them towards sleep.
Some toddlers, like mine, are squirmy and won’t sit down to read a book with me. This is the one where he WILL! Because of the snappy buttons (they pop back and forth), he loves poking as I count and read. It’s like an introduction to fidgets and reading all-in-one.
There are only a few words in this book, and half of them are “Mama!” Mama is trying to teach baby new words, but baby just keeps calling for Mama. It’s cute with nice images, but don’t expect a story line.