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Excellent Reading for One-year-olds

Hop on Pop

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Full of short, simple words and silly rhymes, this book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud with Dad! The rollicking rhythm will keep kids entertained on every page.

Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat
by Sandra Boynton

A delightful read-aloud text, sure to elicit giggles from little ones as they happily chime in on every spread with an OOPS.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Padded Board Book

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Padded Board Book by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning and read it again!

The Runaway Bunny Padded Board Book

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

Children will be comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

Freight Train Board Book

Freight Train Board Book
by Donald Crews

Simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations evoke the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train. This board book features sturdy pages and is just the right size for little hands.

Are You My Mother

Are You My Mother?
by P. D. Eastman

When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make Are You My Mother? a treasured classic.

Little Blue Truck board book

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route.

Mr. Brown Can Moo

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You: Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises by Dr. Seuss

Ideal for encouraging imaginative play, the classic rhymes introduce children to all sorts of sound words!

Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys teaches children about problem and resolution.

The Berenstain Bears: Inside Outside Upside Down
by Stan Berenstain

Brother Bear gets into a box. Papa Bear turns the box upside down, takes it outside, and puts it on a truck. Simple art and rhyming text make this a perfect for teaching spatial concepts.

Opposites

Opposites by Sandra Boynton

From HIGH and LOW to FAST and SLOW, opposites are full of fun in this Sandra Boynton board book favorite.

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Padded Board Book by Eileen Christelow

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Padded Board Book by Eileen Christelow

Little ones will love giggling along with those naughty monkeys!

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Farmer Brown’s cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. The problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes…

Go, Dog. Go

Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman’s Book of Things That Go
by P. D. Eastman

Whether by foot, boat, car, or unicycle, P. D. Eastman’s lovable dogs demonstrate the many ways one can travel in this condensed, board-book version perfect for babies and toddlers.

The Foot Book

The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites
by Dr. Seuss

Explore different feet, from fast to slow, front to back, big and small, learning about opposites! Dr. Seuss’s rhymes help readers discover the world around them, starting with their own bodies!

Duck on a Bike

Duck on a Bike
by David Shannon

Duck waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. “Hello, Cow!” said Duck. “Moo,” said Cow. But what she thought was, “A duck on a bike? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen!” Now ALL the animals can ride bikes!

Corduroy

Corduroy by Don Freeman

This story of a teddy bear waiting on a shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers for generations.

Excellent Reading for Two-year-olds

Excellent Reading for Three-year-olds

PLEASE NOTE: As an Amazon Associate, Fathers Truly Matter earns from qualifying purchases. The information in this post should not be construed as providing specific psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, but rather to offer readers information to better understand the lives and health of themselves and their children. It is not intended to provide an alternative to professional treatment or to replace the services of a physician, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist. Some of the information in this post was inspired by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner and Parenting Your One-Year-Old, Parenting Your Two-Year-Old, and Parenting Your Three-Year-Old available on www.parentcuestore.org.

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