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I’m a bookworm. I love curling up to a good book, so the advice I got that a good mom reads to their baby a lot worked out well. Reading to my daughter got a lot more exciting after she turned one year old. By then, she was more aware of the world around her and seemed to really absorb the content in the books. Around 18 months, we got to participate in the Summer Reading Program at our local library. Through the experience, we discovered eight books for a one year old that we highly recommend. If you would like more daughter-inspired recommendations, check out my daughter’s favorites for bath time!
Babies and young toddlers listen to the rhythm and tonal changes in order to learn a language. Jazz Baby is a book that automatically makes you sing when reading it out loud. It’s pretty catchy and after reading it together numerous times, we practically memorized the whole book. I liked how the extended family and neighbors take part in this story, so my daughter was exposed to many new key words.
This is such a cute story. You have this adorable purple character who speaks to you, the reader, and much like any young child, has little self-restraint. The whole book goes through his struggle to follow one simple rule. Don’t push the button. Toddlers have a knack for wanting to do things you tell them not to do. This is one such case, but we really enjoyed pushing the button anyway. This book allows for a fun interaction with the book and I like it because making reading fun at an early age is key to keeping kids interested in reading for a lifetime.
A classic book that’s already been around for 30 years, so many of you may already be familiar with it. Plus, it’s a flap book and young toddlers love lifting flaps in a book. We loved guessing what animal is behind each flap and then making the animal sounds, too. This book taught my daughter the words for lion, elephant, and giraffe. We especially loved the ending because it includes the best animal of all!
I personally liked how this book takes actual photographs and places these illustrated characters inside. My daughter has a stuffed bunny, too, so we could sort of relate with the characters in the story. I might have liked this book more than my daughter because the author, Mo Willems, accurately captures what a toddler does when she gets frustrated from not being understood. Hint: They go floppy.
We enjoy a lot of Sandra Boynton books because of the adorable illustrations. Here’s a lovely story about a dinosaur getting ready for bed, but apparently he’s missing his binkit. It’s a quick and easy read, plus it’s a flap book. The ideal bedtime story for when you want to make a quick exit. What makes this book particularly great for young toddlers is that it includes textures. On the cover, you can feel the fuzzy softness of the dinosaur’s binkit.
We loved the illustrations and the story is quite simple. In fact, you will want to talk about the illustrations and spot different things together to make a reading of this book worthwhile. I liked to point out the dogs and what they encounter on their search for Pim.
My daughter learned the names of many different animals (wolf, polar bear, donkey, owl) and the different sounds they make. It was so cute to read this book with her and hear her howl with the wolf and growl with the polar bear. I remember this book fondly because it is the first book where my daughter actually started to repeat after me and voice the words for owl and bird. I think because it is such a simple book where I only repeated the name of the animal and the sound they make, it was easy for my daughter to follow along.
This is another great rhyming, rhythmic book that is fun to read. The monkey illustrations are endearing as they teach about hands, fingers, thumbs, and drums. My daughter still loves this book, even though she is now two years old. It is a #1 bestseller in children’s books on Amazon and right now, it’s on sale for $2.99! I’m so glad our local librarian recommended this book to us. I highly recommend this board book, too.
These are all affordable books that a one year old will love. If you need gift ideas for a first birthday, any one of these books are sure to be a hit.
Which book would you read to your one year old?