As parents, one of our best tools for raising a child is books. They can be so much more than just bedtime stories or entertainment – they can be an important part of your child’s development. Reading with your children and talking about the pictures in the book helps them develop their vocabulary, learn to read better, and understand what words mean. Books also help kids grow intellectually by exposing them to information that they might not otherwise have access to such as new ideas or different cultures. And best of all? You get to spend time bonding with your child while reading together! Here are 15 best books for 1-year-olds:
1) Baby Dinosaur – Silicone Touch and Feel Board Book – Sensory Board Book
This book is an interactive touch and feel board book, and it’s perfect for babies! The best part? It doubles as a teether. Kids can start to learn about different textures and feel the different kinds of materials.
2) I Love You Through and Through (by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak and Caroline Jayne Church)
This is a great book for teaching your children about different emotions and how to express themselves. Plus, the cute illustrations will keep them entertained!
3) Little Owl’s Night (by Divya Srinivasan)
This heartwarming book follows Little Owl as he flies through the forest on a moonlit night. It’s best for children who are just learning to express themselves with words – the simple story and colorful pictures will definitely keep their attention!
4) Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld)
If your child is obsessed with construction vehicles like most little boys are, this is the perfect book for them! With construction equipment like bulldozers and cranes, your kiddo will love learning all about their favorite vehicles.
5) Llama Llama Red Pajama (by Anna Dewdney)
This best-selling board book is a great bedtime story that follows little Llama Llama as he panics over staying in bed alone. It’s best for teaching your child about overcoming anxiety and being brave when facing fears!
6) Little Green Frog Chunky Lift-a-Flap Board Book (by Emma Dodd)
This best-selling board book is a great fit for toddlers. The best part? It’s made with sturdy, chunky pieces that little ones can lift and learn about shapes.
7) Little Yellow Bee Chunky Lift-a-Flap Board Book (by Emma Dodd)
Before reading this best-selling board book, you might want to remove any breakable decorations or valuables from your coffee table because it’s not super sturdy! But if your child doesn’t try to eat the pages, they’ll love this colorful lift-a-flap book.
8) Little Blue Truck (by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry)
This bestseller is great for teaching your child about kindness and helping others. Even if you don’t have a farm, the pictures of the country scenery your child will love looking at!
9) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault)
This bestseller is not only entertaining, but it also introduces children to the alphabet in an exciting way. Plus, it’s best for kids learning how to form sentences – the repetitive phrases like “chicka chicka boom boom” make it easy to follow along!
10) The Very Hungry Caterpillar (by Eric Carle)
This best-selling classic is a great way to start teaching young children about the days of the week and how time passes. They’ll love watching the caterpillar transform into a butterfly!
11) Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night (by Brianna Caplan Sayres and Marjorie Lisovskis)
Little boys love all things construction-related, which makes this book great for them. It best teaches your child about different kinds of equipment found on a construction site.
12) Blue Hat, Green Hat (by Sandra Boynton)
This bestseller is best for teaching your child about matching and acting out the events in the book with their own body parts. Best for children who are learning how to communicate!
13) Good Night, Gorilla (by Peggy Rathmann)
This bestseller is best for teaching your child about emotions and animal sounds. They’ll love looking at the pictures of the different animals as they go to sleep!
14) I Love You Stinky Face (by Lisa McCourt)
This bestseller is best for teaching your child about resilience. After trying out all kinds of animals, a mother is finally happy with who her child really is – best for children who are learning how to express themselves!
15) Stomp, Wiggle, Clap, and Tap: My First Book of Dance (by Danna Smith)
In this bestseller, children will learn about different types of dance and how to move their bodies. Best for helping your child get excited about movement!
In The End
The best way to get your child off on the right foot is by providing them with quality reading material. Of these best books for 1-year-olds, which one do you think would be perfect? Let me know in the comments!
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This is such a comprehensive list! My daughter is turning 1 next week and I’l be using this is a guide for her!
This is a great list. We have loved so many of these books. My nephew loves the rhyming rhythms in the Llama Lllama books, and my 5 year old son still loves “Blue Hat, Green Hat.” He thinks it is hilarious.
I’ve memorized Little Blue Truck! This is a great list!
I love these book suggestions! I’ve read several of these with my toddler and he loves them! The Llama Llama books are awesome and he started dancing to it because it has such great rhythm! LOL Great suggestions!