1 year olds

Books for 1 Year Olds

There is a cute saying on social network that serves as a guide for gift buying. It goes “1 thing they want, 1 thing they need, 1 thing they wear, and 1 thing they read.”

If you need some ideas for what your 1 year old wants, needs, or wears then check our other posts using the links below. But this post is to help you with what they read. Check out our suggestions for books for 1 year olds.

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Books for them to explore on their own

Board books are great for 1 year olds because they are durable and simple. There are usually only a few pages and the thickness of the pages makes it easy for them to be able to grasp and turn. These are great books to let them explore on their own.

Try books that can reinforce what they’ve been seeing and learning: colors, foods, letters. Try others, too, that you can read with them like Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill.


Try to keep books accessible to them, and board books are great for that. Keep them on shelves that they are allowed to take off of, or on top of the toy box. We actually use the diaper caddy that came with the pack n play. It has a couple different compartments and we use it as a toy box but in one of the compartments we put all of their books. I love to watch them look through the pages and talk.

Books to read together

It’s important to read with your kids. Reading to your kids builds bonds and language skills. A lot of families reserve bed time for reading to their children. This is great because it reinforces routines, but you can read to your kids at any time of the day. If you see them exploring a book you can try to take the opportunity to read it with them, or read before naps or other times you want to try to bring their energy level down a little.

Stick to books that are short and simple but you’re going to want something with a little more words than the picture books they are used to. I’ve been working in the preschool setting for a couple years now so I’ve come across a couple great books that we love.

My absolute favorite is Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems and I read another of his at night to our girls called Don’t let the pigeon stay up late.

Mo Willems does a series of pigeons books that are all great and he has a series called Elephant and Piggie. Any of them are great and fun.

Another series we love is Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin. Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons is a fan favorite.

I worked for a very wise woman who loved to read with her grandchildren. She introduced to me to some good books over the years. Here are a few I took note of: Wangari’s trees of peace by Jeanette Winter, I’m afraid your teddy bear is in trouble today by Jancee Dunn, and Baby Einstein’s ABC’s of Art by Julie Aigner-Clark.


Do you have any more suggestions your family enjoys reading? Leave in the comments below! We’d love to add to our list.

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