Children's books help newborn babies and toddlers up to 2-year-olds discover the joy of reading. Browse this list and a collection of classic titles
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
By Mem Fox; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
In rhyming verse that encourages participation, a mother tells her baby that babies all over the world have "10 little fingers and 10 little toes."
Harcourt, 2008. ISBN: 9780152060572
What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites
Duck and Goose and friends use body language, facial expressions and quirky humor to demonstrate nine pairs of opposites (such as front/back, near/far and heavy/light) in this engaging concept board book.
By Tad Hills
Schwartz & Wade, 2008. ISBN: 9780375847387
Maisy's Nature Walk: A Maisy First Science Book
Maisy goes for a nature walk and observes plants and animals along the way. Pull tabs and pop-ups make a flower bloom, an egg hatch and rabbits and a frog hop and leap.
By Lucy Cousins
Candlewick, 2008. ISBN: 9780763634568
Colorful photos of babies from countries all over the world are matched with the message that babies are beautiful no matter where they are.
By Maya Ajmera
Charlesbridge, 2007. ISBN: 9781580891745
Baby Signs: a Baby-Sized Guide to Speaking with Sign Language
Basic signs, such as those for "milk," "more," "help me" and "book," are among the 13 presented here. The child-centered illustrations show a baby signing while the text presents how to make the sign.
By Joy Allen
Dial, 2008. ISBN: 9780803731936
Five bunny poems from Margaret Wise Brown's 1959 collection of the same title are re-illustrated with detailed, friendly-looking animals. Lots of onomatopoeia and large pictures with the right amount of white space make this book a good read-aloud for very young children.
By Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Wendell Minor
HarperCollins, 2007. ISBN: 9780060592080
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle's Favorite Words
Learn a few of the beetle's favorite words in this beautifully illustrated book, which pairs new vocabulary with intricate representations.
By Eric Carle
Grosset & Dunlap, 2008. ISBN: 9780448448022
When is a baby like a bassett? How does a turtle resemble a tot? Perfectly paired photographs show how a pose, a gesture or an expression can create equally high levels of cuteness, whether the subject is an animal or an infant.
By Vicky Ceelen
Random, 2008. ISBN: 9780375842078
This mostly black-and-white board book introduces infants and toddlers to all sorts of animals—from cats to pandas to cows. A hole cut into each page leads the audience on to the next page.
By Xavier Deneux
Walker, 2008. ISBN: 9780802797872
A Good Day
How does a bad day turn into a good one? It can be as simple as a squirrel finding a nut, a bird flying high or a little girl finding a feather in this joyful picture book.
By Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow, 2007. ISBN: 9780061140198
A dreadlocked baby has many opportunities to say "Uh-oh!" Toddlers will have fun anticipating the next "uh-oh!" and saying it along with the reader.
By Rachel Isadora
Harcourt, 2008. ISBN: 9780152057657
Each farmyard animal meets the sunrise with his own distinctive sound, but what they all mean is "Hello, Day!"
By Anita Lobel
Greenwillow, 2008. ISBN: 9780060787653
Blue Goose, Red Hen, Yellow Chick and White Duck all combine their talents (and colors) to paint the barnyard and surprise Farmer Gray. A lesson on colors and color mixing.
By Nancy Tafuri
Simon & Schuster, 2008. ISBN: 9781416928348
Try some classic books for infants to 2-year-olds.
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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