Best Books for your 1 yr old


Both my kids love books, and a lot of this has to do with giving them access to books from a young age – even books that seemed beyond their age range. By the time they were around 8-9 months they had seen the books selected in the previous section so many times that they wanted something new. Since I had one of the best public libraries near my home – I got to read a lot of books for them. Even if you don’t have a library – you could get these favorites for around $50 and should last you over the next year or so.

Here are my favorites among the regular books that are recommended. 

  1. Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book – Perfect interactive book with flaps that encourage the baby’s curiosity.
  2. Goodnight Moon – One of the classic bedtime stories that can become a habit for children to read before they go to sleep. I have already recommended it for babies younger than a year. But if you have not bought it your one year old will also love it.
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Colorful illustrations with holes for kids to explore and simple hopeful story. What more can you ask for.
  4. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever – It is among the most interesting word book that I have seen.


5.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader  – Great book that focuses on the pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.

6. The Going-To-Bed Book – This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

7. Dear Zoo – Children love to see the animals when we lift the flaps and then when they grow older, they love to do it on their own.

8. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? – The first of many Dr Seuss books – this still remains my favorite.

9. Ten Tiny Toes – This is a great choice as it is the perfect way to teach body parts and movement.

10.Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – One of the best ways to introduce the alphabets to your babies.

I am sure there are many more books to add to this list. I have only provided you my top 10 for the second year. Please let me know if there is one I simply must add to this list.

If you want to start building a library that the child can read through his or her pre-school years please refer to the suggestions in the Top 100 Picture Books selected by School Library Journal.



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