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Reading with your children is more than important, it’s essential to the development of babies and toddlers. Why?

Because reading helps familiarize your child with literacy and language. It teaches them about the world, visually and through sound. Through reading, your child can (and will) learn the skills they need to talk.

Indeed, from potty training to the power of friendship, books can prepare your little one for life.

From bright and bold pictures to varying materials, textures, pulls, and flaps, toddlers love stories that engage them and capture their attention. They also enjoy repetition and any story that talks about poop. Trust me — nothing gets a little one to laugh quite like poop.

When it came time to select our favorite toddler books, our process was simple: We looked on our bookshelves for our favorite picture books and short stories.

We scoured our memories, attempting to recall the timeless classics that brought us joy. Finally, we asked fellow parents and read hundreds of reviews.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric Carle

One of the most popular children’s books of all time, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has entertained generations. Why? Because the story is fun and lighthearted, the illustrations are bright and bold, and the caterpillar is adorable and lovable.

Yummy Yucky

Author: Leslie Patricelli

Cookies are yummy but coffee is yucky, at least according to the adorable toddler in this popular children’s book. Learning about opposites has never been more fun!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

Authors: Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle

A happy frog, a plump purple cat, and a yellow duck are just some of the animals you will meet in this whimsical, colorful, and lyrical book.

Can I Eat That?

Author: Joshua David Stein

Getting children to try new foods can be tough, particularly toddlers. From strange colors and textures to off-putting smells, many kids simply refuse food they don’t recognize. But “Can I Eat That?” introduces kids to an array of foods in a fun and creative way.

Reading to your toddler isn’t just essential, it’s fun. It sparks their creativity and imagination. It helps them learn language and how to navigate the world, and reading with your babe will help you bond.

So grab one of these toddler books and read aloud. There’s nothing else like storytime snuggles.