Reading to your toddler is a great way to spend quality time together, spark their imagination, and most importantly, win the battle of bedtime. But beyond fun pictures and silly characters, books can also provide kids with valuable life lessons and an increased vocabulary, which can set them up for success later in life.
One thing that’a guaranteed about young kids is that once they like something, they really like it. So be prepared to read their favorite books over and over and over. Check out these mom-approved books for two year olds that you won’t mind reading the first, second, or the hundredth time.
Everyone’s beloved classic, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, is now available in a board-book edition. If your little one loves animals, colorful eye-catching collages, and singsong text then this best-selling book is guaranteed to be a hit. Sprinkled throughout the story, you’ll be introduced to a brown grizzly bear, a red bird, and a yellow ducky—among other delightful creatures. (Pssst: You’ll have to keep reading to meet them all.) Jennifer from Amazon raves, “For starters, it just flows. Most other baby books are so scattered. You’ll somehow memorize this book after the 2-3 times you’ve read it. Minimal text! And it keeps the same pattern of words but changing the animals out. It’s colorful!! Big animals on the pages and nothing else.”
Once they enter toddlerhood, there’s no stopping them from meddling with anything and everything in their path. Simply put: Babies love putting things in their mouth that, err, shouldn’t even be there in the first place. It’s the taste and texture of unfamiliar objects that stimulate their senses. As you may have guessed from the title, Yummy Yucky is a story of opposites—more specifically, a laundry list of things that baby should (and shouldn’t!) be eating. Beyond the bright illustrations and LOL-worthy content that can be enjoyed by both mom and child, trust that there is some educational value to be found. This thoughtful book presents an array of opposites—a yummy item on the left-hand page and a yucky item on the right (i.e. “spaghetti is yummy, worms are yucky”) to demonstrate that there are some things that definitely should not be consumed.
We’re not going to lie, this one hits home. At some point during your childhood, odds are, you had a favorite teddy in your possession (or perhaps you still do) that you’d play tea party with and tuck into bed at night. Just us? The bond between a child and their bear is like no other. Adventure abounds as a charming teddy bear—he goes by the name Corduroy and wears green overalls—sets out to find a lost button in a department store and, more importantly, a forever home. Beautiful illustrations coupled with a coming-of-age story make this Don Freeman children’s literature classic one that you’ll read for years to come. Brittany E. from Amazon says it’s a family favorite: “There is a reason this book is considered a classic. It was my husband’s favorite book as a child and now we love reading it to our son.”
Now that you’ve got the babes’ library ready to go, check out all the other kid gear they’ll be begging for soon enough.
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