Buying a young child a book is one of the best gifts you can give. Encouraging children to begin reading at a young age promotes education years down the line. But what kind of books do you buy a toddler? They can’t read yet, at least not fluently, and how can you be sure they understand the material? Studies show that whether or not young children understand every word of a book doesn’t really matter. What matters is the brain activity that is sparked when following a story. The following list provides a number of book titles beneficial for young children.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Written by Eric Carle, this book combines simple words with an intriguing story. There are only 225 words in the story, but the beautiful illustrations speak thousands more. It’s a story of transformation and is considered an American classic.
- Goodnight Moon: The bedtime story is a specific subset of children’s books. It has to have a certain quality that makes it both intriguing and lulling. “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown has that quality. Its parallel structure is soothing and the repetition of words is helpful for young children.
- Are You My Mother?: This story is another example of a children’s book that utilizes repetition to tell a story. A young bird goes looking for his mother, asking various animals in his search if they are his mother. It’s a cute way to describe different animals and the plot will keep a young child entertained.