Good Books for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Please welcome my guest author Susan from ReadAloudGuide.com.
Parents often ask us, “What are good books to read to my child?” We respond by telling them that good children’s picture books entertain, encourage discussion, spark imagination, and provide information. Good books provide both fun read-aloud experiences and learning opportunities for little ones.
Some general rules to follow when choosing good books to read aloud are:
- Look for children’s picture books by well-known authors and illustrators as well as by new authors and illustrators.
- Select books that range in genre, such as fiction, nonfiction, folktales, rhymes, and songs.
- Choose read-aloud books that reflect diversity in story characters, authors, and illustrators.
The criteria below helps you choose age-appropriate books for infants and toddlers, and preschoolers.
For Infants and Toddlers
Choose books that:
- Introduce sounds of language with repetitive, rhyming, or predictable text
- Use engaging illustrations along with text
- Develop children’s vocabulary
- Have flaps, a variety of textures, or other interactive features
Some Good Books for Infants and Toddlers
Baby Animal Families by Gyo Fujikawa
Using illustrations that appeal to young children along with simple text, this book describes the sounds baby animals make, how they feel, and what they do.
The Little School Bus by Carol Roth, illustrated by Pamela Papparone
Repetitive and predictable text tells about a variety of humorous animals that ride the bus to and from school.
For Preschoolers (3-to-5 year olds)
Choose books that:
- Have content that relates to the child’s experiences and interests
- Go beyond the child’s life experiences
- Foster an understanding of print concepts such as words are made up of letters
- Contain story elements such as characters, setting, and plot
- Provide stories with problems and solutions
Some Good Books For Preschoolers (3-to-5 year olds)
The Bridge is Up! by Babs Bell, illustrated by Rob Heffernan
Different vehicles that children often see in their everyday lives have to wait in line on the road because the bridge is up.
Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
A young girl helps her mom shop so they can cook a favorite Korean dish for their family.
Help Me Get Ready To Read: The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years by Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok has 275 recommended books to read aloud to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It also features parenting strategies and reading strategies to help young children get ready to read as well as follow-up fun book-related activities. Their site is here and Facebook page is here.