Research proves that by augmenting the primary years of children’s lives we lay a strong foundation towards a spectrum of their future accomplishments; reading plays a vital role in creating that dynamic. While we do understand that choosing children’s books for toddlers is subjective and very well depends on their capacity and liking, we will all agree that today the bigger challenge is choosing from a variety of children’s books, all having incredible content by popular authors. It indeed is very difficult to narrow down a definitive list.
However, based on our research and personal point of view we have curated a list of must-have children’s books for toddlers.
1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson is one of the most loved names amongst children’s authors. The narration of the story flows through a series of events that takes place while the witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick. The mighty wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow, and the wand, and a dog, a green bird, and a frog come to her rescue. However, yet another disaster strikes in which a ‘dragon’ is involved. The story keeps you intrigued. Oh, and don’t mind the witch, she is a good friend.
2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle
The repetitive formula, rhyming texts, colorful pictures, and animal spotting make it a great read- out -loud to very young children. Perhaps, it is a great way of stimulation your young one’s brain. This book gives you immense scope to build a story around it or help your little one to learn a thing or two. This definitely should stand a chance to make it to your little one’s book stand.
3. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
This one is an old classic that has retained its popularity even after many years. This story is about Sophie, her mom, and a very hungry tiger who visits them while they are having tea and stays back until supper, finishing all the food in the house. When Sophie’s dad gets home, they decide to have their supper out as there is no food at home. The next day Sophie’s mom makes sure to stock groceries as well as some tiger food, just in case the tiger visits them again. The book is filled with vibrant illustrations and is a great story to read together with your little ones.
4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
This book is regarded as one of the best-selling books of all time. The narration revolves around a giant cat in a hat that shows up at Sally’s house while Sally and her brother are home alone getting bored on a rainy afternoon. In the spirit of entertainment, the cat exhibits some tricks and madness wrecking the house. However, manages to clear up the mess with his giant machine just in time before their mother enters. A classic Dr. Suess. It has been adapted into animation films too.
5. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
This book is about 4 friends who encounter a cranky bear while having fun, inside a cave, on a wet and rainy day. Moose, Lion, and Zebra think they know how to deal with the cranky bear and lay a plan to cheer him up but fail miserably; can the boring Sheep cheer up the cranky bear? You can only find out in the book. The story is in sync with rhymes and a great message.
6. Gajapati Kulapati (series) by author Ashok Rajagopalan
This book is about Gajapati Kulapati a big friendly elephant. All the stories across the series are engaging, candid, and quirky. The story premise is short and simple, and the visuals are well-illustrated, bright, and entertaining. Happy villagers and a friendly elephant – what’s not to love about this combination? This is one of the few picture book series by an Indian author maintaining the same characterization in all books.