You can buy your 1- or 2-year-old a birthday gift that will help them learn about books and keep their attention. A book with moving parts, flaps to open, bright colors, and things to touch is a favorite for little people who like reading.
I love giving kids a book (or several) that they will remember for a long time. Those kinds of books that they’ll want to read over and over. Start with these titles when you want to buy gifts for your own kids or those of your friends.
Guess How Much I Love You: Little Library
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
My daughter turned one, and I bought this set of books for her birthday. She really liked them. The soft colors and simple stories make us feel safe and happy, and they are also very sweet.
The Eric Carle Gift Set
by Eric Carle
The best thing about Eric Carle is that you can’t go wrong with him. You should read his books when you’re a kid, and this gift set comes with four of them. Adding these less-known but still popular books to a child’s library is a great way to make their collection even more interesting and fun.
Pat the Bunny: First Books for Baby
by Dorothy Kunhardt
This is a good time to bring out classics like Pat the Bunny that kids can touch and feel. Grab this box set with both Pat the Cat and Pat the Puppy inside.
Chicka Chicka Box Box!
by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Michael Sampson; illustrated by Louis Ehlert
They enjoy the rhythm in these two books (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3). They’re happy and easy to read. This is great for little minds who are just learning to count and recognize letters.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Finger Puppet Book
by Eric Carle
A finger puppet version of their favorite book? Who can say no to that? It’s a fun way to read the story you and your child already love.
As kids, Cardiff Daddy and I both read this book. It’s fun to share it with our own kids now. There are different-sized pages, collage-style pictures, and little holes in the food that the caterpillar has eaten. You can tell that it’s clever because it introduces things like the number 7 and the idea that caterpillars become butterflies in an interesting way. This book was first published in 1969. It has sold more than 30 million copies around the world.
Big Box of Boynton Set 2!
by Sandra Boynton
In the end, I got my one-year-old daughter to like reading by singing along with her books. One of her favorite books is now Snuggle Puppy, which she reads all the time and loves.
Where’s the Giraffe?
by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
This is a great time to read lift-the-flap books, but it can be hard for them to stand up to a very excited two-year-old. Felt flaps are used in both this cleverly-designed book and its sister book, “Where’s the Ladybug.” The flaps are not only cute, but they are also very durable. These books are filled with beautiful art by Ingela P. Arrhenius. They make great gifts.
100 First Words
One hundred words are shown through photos and illustrations in a sturdy board book that is easy for kids to read. As toddlers learn to name and identify things, it’s good to have books like this one on hand to help them out.
Pantone: Box of Color
People don’t know color better than Pantone, and no one likes color more than a child does. It’s safe to say that your toddler’s color education will be in good hands thanks to six well-designed mini board books. Each one shows off a different color and the wonderful range of shades it has.
Hello, World Series
by Ashley Evanson
It’s easy for your child to visit big cities like New York and London from the comfort of your arm. These cute board books are both fun to look at and teach your child about the world.
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Penguin Books
In this book, there are a lot of repetitions, peepholes that show the next page’s pictures, and beautiful old-fashioned images. This is a great book! It’s a favorite cry for my kids: “Peepo! Peepo!” The text itself is very simple. It shows what a baby sees during the day. This is true, but it is the images that give the story a lot of depth. It is set during the Second World War. We see the soldier dad in his uniform, the family living in an unclean house with few luxuries, but they seem happy to enjoy simple things in life. After 30 years, this is still one of the most popular first-reader books. The same authors also wrote Each Peach Pear Plum, which introduces well-known characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales through simple rhymes and pictures that make you want to read on. If you like this book, you should also check out Each Peach Pear Plum.
I Love My Daddy/I Love My Mummy
by Sebastian Braun, Boxer Books
She gave this book to him on her first Christmas when she was three weeks old. Daddy was moved when he read it to her. Telling you this would make him angry. But when she or Little O choose this book to read before bed, it still does. The words are simple but sweet, and the images are heartwarming. The daddy bear does a lot of nice things with his little one. On my first birthday as a mother, Little E gave me the I Love My Mummy book and the accompanying I Love My Mummy book. It’s just as beautiful.
by Julia Donaldson, Macmillan Children’s Books
If you’re a new parent, get used to the name Julia Donaldson because she writes so many great books for kids that she’ll be a big part of your kids’ library. This one has illustrations by Axel Scheffler, who worked with her on her most famous book, The Gruffalo, and many other books. It has flaps for young readers to open, simple repetitive rhyming text, and an introduction to different animals and how to count.