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Koah Koala is having his first birthday! He's about to discover how fun it is to be One!

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A story about the beauty and love your special light can bring to others, and how it spreads from one person to everyone!

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Ted is a big boy and wears big boy undies! But something goes wrong when the washing happens!

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Leah is trying to think of the best present in the world for her mother. Her whole family is here to help her think of the perfect gift!

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Some mummies help us, and some mummies love us. What does your mummy do?

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Baby Bunny has an Easter Picnic with all her baby animal friends. There's lots of chocolate!

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Kynan the caterpillar LOVES shoes. .. but he can't possibly put them all on by himself!

5 Min Stories ABCs Age 0-3 All Alphabet Animals Picture Books

Learn your ABCs with this fun and simple alphabet book!

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A nature alphabet ABCD book for tomorrow's little learners.

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Fezile is looking for his grandmother's shoes, but keeps finding other ones!

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Oh no, there's a fire! But Billy the fire-truck doesn't want to get dirty!

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Mama Chick feels sad. .. luckily her little chicks are about to make her Easter a happy one!

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Jimmy the Cat wants to make a garden with his friends. What should he plant?

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Whose egg is this? All the animals are about to find out!

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A wordless picture book about a lost giraffe, and his short adventure!

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Use your imagination to tell the story in this wordless picture book about creating a garden with Dad.

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A simple early reader about all kinds of silly caterpillars!

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Best Books To Read To Your 1 Year Old In 2022

I’ve been reflecting on Riley turning 2 this month and, when I think about this past year, what stands out is that this was such a fun year for watching Riley’s love for books & reading take off as a 1 year old.

I loved watching her explore and enjoy books as a baby but once she turned one it was like her love for books just exploded and it’s been such a fun journey.

It has been fun to watch her start to sit down by herself and look through her books for extended amounts of time PLUS shove books in my face and say “here!!” and then later on “read this, mama” until I read them. I love watching her engage and interact with the books we read. I love seeing her be able to further explore the world we live in through books and see her learn through books.

We’ve read SO MUCH this year that I feel like I’ve become a bit of an expert on the best books for a 1 year old, between the books she loves and the books I read to the kids as a former nanny, so I wanted to share what she we’ve loved this year and that I think are great books to read with kids ages 1 to 2.

So obviously Riley can’t dictate this list of her favorites but I clearly know which books she gravitated to all year and which ones made her happy so you’ll just have to trust my observation skills and judgment.

I feel like she definitely had some favorites from 12-18 months old but once she passed 18 months she got into books in a WHOLE differently level and really started memorizing, pointing things out and gravitated towards some longer books and it opened the door to a lot of new favorites — especially as she approached 2 years old!

She still loved a lot of her old favorites as a younger toddler but it was really fun to see the kind of stuff she really got into as an older 1 year old.

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How To Find Good Books For Your Toddlers?

As an aside, I always get asked at how I find such good books to read with Riley. We browse the library a lot (and ask the librarians!) which is where I find a lot of them as well as searching online for specific topics she seems into or following what other moms with toddlers are reading and loving.

But I think one of the most easy ways for busy parents to find good books to read (especially when you are getting sick of the same ol’ books and don’t have time to devote to curating a new list of books) is a book subscription box for kids! I have really enjoyed Bookroo ever since she was a baby and, now, well into her preschool years!

You can choose by age range and Riley LOVES getting her book mail. I have found the books to be good selections for her age and all interesting ones I had never heard of before! Check out my review of Bookroo!

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Good Books To Read With Your 1 Year Old

P.S. I really like this chart that breaks down the reading by age groups and tips and tricks for them and how to engage with your baby/toddler while reading at different ages!

I’ve broken them up into two groups: 12-18 months and 18-24 months just to show the difference and progression in the ones she really got into once her language really exploded and she understood so much more at 18 months.

A lot of the earlier ones have remained favorites throughout the whole 1-2 year range though so still solid choices for older 1 year olds and toddlers. Even at 2 she is still loving most of the ones from her young 1 year old life but I can tell she craves a bit more in her books so we don’t read them AS often anymore.

But she really does sit still and have the attention span for longer books whereas other kids may not at this age range — both are perfectly normal and some of these shorter books might still be perfect if your kid is squirmy and doesn’t like to sit for books.

What We Loved At 12 -18 Months Old

A lot of the books she loved under the age of one are in this category, too, because she really got into them in a different way once she turned one.

She’d always been good at sitting down and paying attention to books but I felt like when she turned 1 she exploded in her ability to really understand them AND she really liked to point and interact with them and say the words.

She also really started sitting by herself and going through ALL of them. Literally. Every book pulled off the shelf. Every day. But it’s the kind of mess I can get behind haha. I know something about book piles myself.

Tip: Board books for younger 1 year olds are the way to go in my opinion because their fine motor skills seem to translate into ripped pages even when they aren’t trying to.

Because of that I always tried to get board book editions of books if possible because she tended to accidentally rip pages when she was turning them and otherwise be rough with them.

She got a lot better once she got to be around 18-20 months and we can read a lot more non-board books but it’s always risky because she’s so rough with books. She just loves them so hard.

Best non-fiction/educational type books that Riley LOVED

(and still loves)

These types of books have been her favorite since she was under 1 and I feel like her language exploded in this age range with these books.

She always liked looking at the real pictures in them when she was younger but she spent so much time sitting on my lap and pointing to them all (or making me point to them at first) and making me say them and then she would start pulling it out by herself and pointing and saying what she knew.

We have so many of these types of books but these are the ones she loved the most and that I thought were great books for 1 year olds.

First 100 Board Book set

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A really great investment that honestly are great even before baby turns 1. They can really grow into them. I wish they would do an updated version because some of the pictures and things in them look outdated looking but they are solid and I can’t tell you how many times we went through and named all these things. It was cool to see her really start to connect the vocabulary word with the picture and then the item outside of the book in her world. That’s a really great skill that happens at this age and I feel like this book helped her put that concept together. There’s a bunch of other books in these series too!

My First Touch and Sound Book Series

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I hate noisy things but this set of books are wonderful and she really loved them! The buttons are a tad hard to push but she really learned how to do it quickly. The combo of touch AND sound is great for this age! This one is our favorite but Noisy Trucks and Noisy Farm are great!

My First Animals Book from DK Books

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I’m so bummed the copy we have is out of print because I think it’s my favorite “first animal” type book that we’ve read. I do like the updated version (I had to go check it at the library before I recommended it) and think it’s a solid update though I prefer the older version we had that I bought at the thrift store. The format was just better IMO. We pull it out a lot and it’s fun to see her know more and more of these animals. I honestly love a lot of the DK books!

All the Nat Geo Look & Learn books

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We have a couple of these/have gotten a couple from the library and they are stunning and keep her attention so well. (Note: seems to only have a couple from this series and doesn’t have that Things That Go book).

Favorite Lift The Flap Books (1-1.5 years old)

Lift the flap books are so tricky in this age range for us because she still was rough with them but she was outgrowing some of the chunkier lift the flap ones we had for her as she got older.

Luckily I feel like flap books got WAY better around 18 months and she rarely rips them now. I really loved these interactive books for 1 year olds! There’s so many ways we played around with them — especially animal noises.

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Snap! Snap!

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This is such a cute lift the flap book full of animal sound and guessing the animal. Study flaps and bright colors make this a great book to read with a 1 year old.

Peek a Who

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This is a short cute little peekaboo book that Riley really loved when she just turned one and for quite a few months after. I was underwhelmed by it but Riley was NOT — she loved guessing what would come next in the peekaboo game. There’s 2 others in the series — check out the box set!

Dear Zoo

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This one is SO fun and a hit for my animal loving toddler. The narrator is looking for a pet so the zoo keeps sending them new animals but it takes a bit to find the perfect pet. She loved naming the animals and making the sounds — especially because we had just gone to the zoo when I got this one for her so she was familiar with the animals.

Do Cows Meow?

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Oh how we love this one even still! Salina Yoon just is always a hit with us! Bright and cute pictures, good rhyming and all sorts of fun with animal noises. This one we discovered as a read-aloud at a baby/toddler storytime and we loved it so much we bought it — it was a hit in the library storytime group, too!

Karen Katz’s lift the flap books (literally all of them but these are our faves)

I kid you not — Where is Baby’s Belly Button and Toes, Ears, Nose are 1000% why Riley learned her body parts pretty early. We read these two all the time.

Where is Baby’s Puppy? and Zoom Zoom Baby were other faves around this age. Just all around interactive books she always brought over to me.

Peekaboo Morning

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This book is a DELIGHT. The illustrations are wonderful as the child starts their day and takes us along to see what they see. It’s fun for little ones with the “peekaboo, I see….” repetition and familiar people/things.

Choo Choo by Petr Horacek

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I love this board book so much!! It was a random pick from the library and ended up being such a great one. It’s so dynamic and so fun and has cut outs on the pages. Simple text, lots of fun sounds to say as the train is going on its journey and the illustrations are eye catching. I just love the flow of this one. It’s just perfect for this age and especially if your one year old is a train lover or on a transportation kick!

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Brown Bear Brown Bear

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A classic but this particular edition has sliders that Riley really liked doing. I think she got more into the colors and the animals around 18 months but she loved reading this book and figuring out the sliders way earlier on.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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This one, even at 2, is one of our most requested books at night. And she LOVES to “read” it herself and it’s hilarious. Very animated and I can’t believe how long this one has been one of our go-to’s. She can read it over and over again. I honestly get warm and fuzzies because *I* loved this one as a kid!

Counting Kisses

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This one has been a favorite book since she was a baby and has continued on to be one of her favorites to read at 1 years old also. It’s also one of the books I raved about in our best bedtime books for babies & young toddlers post — still one of our favorite bedtime books. Sweet little book about the whole family giving baby kisses before bed. Now Riley rubs the last page and makes kissy noises saying night night baby. So cute!

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Daddy Hugs / Mommy Hugs: These ones are just so sweet and such cuddly cute books for 1 year olds. Perfect for bedtime especially!

All things Sandra Boynton are fabulous books for 1 year olds and beyond. They are silly, short and always among the most requested. So many great ones to choose from but these seem to be Riley’s faves out of all that we’ve read this past year.


Riley’s giggling during this one will forever be in my head. She gets all silly with the “noooo”. Very engaging!

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Super fun bedtime story! A little silliness, good rhythm – we even did some shimmying.

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Doing all the barking of all the different dogs was work for me but hearing her giggle when I read made it worth it.

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A fun book about different moods! I love how it says it’s okay to have these different feelings & moods!

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Oh it’s just a delightful romp with some barnyard animals! Good interactive fun!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

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This is such a classic book and one that Riley ALWAYS picked to read this year! It’s sweet with all the diverse babies and I love the flow of it with the rhyming and the repetition of the “ten little fingers and ten little toes” which Riley really seemed to love. Plus it’s such a great message!

More More More Said The Baby

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What a cuddly little book about 3 little babies and the caregivers who loves them! I think Riley really liked the repetition.

Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz

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This probably her FAVORITE Karen Katz book — she loved the shenanigans of these little babies. She loves the book so much we renewed it for months and then I finally just decided to buy it. It’s still a hit at 2!

Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim

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This is a cute little book that Riley loved immediately! Very playful and cute! Perfect book if you are looking for ones that feature kids with brown skin as it talks about the brown toes and such.

Leo Loves Baby Time:

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I love love love the Lola books and this is Lola’s little brother. A simple and fun little book about Leo going to baby time (which I switched out to say story time because Riley really started to understand what “story time” meant and connected us going).

Love You Head To Toe:

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This is a sweet little book full of cute babies and animals wherein babies are compared to animals (sounds weird but like “splash in the water like ducks”). Riley loved pointing out the animals.


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This whole series of books from Leslie Patricella is a hit with Riley. They are silly and short and fun. Tickle is another favorite of hers. They are mostly all real interactive and engaging in their simplicity.

Sunrise, Moonrise

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Riley loved this one as a baby (bright, high contrast books are awesome!) but really loved it when she turned one and recognized some of the animals! Cute and simple about morning and night.

The Babies in the Park series

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Loved introducing these to Riley at each season to help learn about the seasons. Really cute!

The Babies On The Bus by Karen Katz

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We love all things Karen Katz in this house but when we moved and were outside playing in the Fall all these school buses would go past and she started getting so excited about them as she started putting it together the school buses vs the wheels on the bus. (She literally does the motions every time one goes by). So I bought her a BUNCH of school bus books but this is definitely the fave for both of us. Definitely one of my favorite books for 1 year olds and young toddlers. Such a fun twist on a classic song!

Old Macdonald by Salina Yoon

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At this age I really enjoyed getting her some books that were also songs because I really felt she started to understand the correlation and she REALLY loved reading the books of favorite songs like Old MacDonald and Wheels on the Bus (above). This Old MacDonald book is really cute and is my FAVORITE of all the Old MacDonald’s out there. Each page the animal head is a textured “tab” of sorts that turns with the page. I don’t really know how else to explain it but I just think this one is the best and Riley LOVED it so much.

Pete the Cat Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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This one is special to me because of how much Riley loved it (and it was given to us by the kids I used to nanny who I used to read LOTS of Pete the Cat with) but it’s also special because it was one of the longer phrases she ever said. It took me forever but she kept saying “ubba bubba” and I realized she was asking me to read the book or sing the song. Ubba bubba = up above the. She got SO happy when I finally realized what she was asking for. Such a good one if your kid loves Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

18 months – 24 months

When 1.5 years old rolled around, a lot of the books in the 12 month section were still major faves around here and some of them she discovered in a whole new way which was fun! We read every single one of these books, in this next section, today at 2!

Riley really became smitten with books with realistic photographs especially of kids. These next two books are FANTASTIC and have been our most read books and still are keepers. Every night these two books seem to be on our bedtime reading lineup. She really engages with them and I think it’s because of the realistic photos of kids doing things that she also might do. Both are diverse and I love that!

Hands Can

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We renewed this one over and over and over again until I finally decided just to buy it because I was pretty sure we were destroying the book with all the wear and tear of reading it multiple times of day plus HER flipping through it on her own. It’s a cute book all about all the things hands can do – throw and catch, plant seeds, etc. One of the books that I think has engaged her the most so far!

Show Me Happy

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Every night I hear “Show Me Happy!!!” if I don’t put it in our pile to read at bedtime. Wonderful photographs that Riley loves to interact with. A lot of great concepts that she’s learned so much from while reading it. Things like “show me up, show me down” with corresponding photos. I think this is one I’m going to have to buy also because we’ve renewed it for months at this point. Update: I bought the board book and it is definitely shorter and missing some of the parts that our library copy had. Look for the non-board book option because it’s better!

Riley became obsessed with all things babies somewhere around 18 months when we read Ten Tiny Babies which I shared about above. Then Everywhere Babies and then I had to snag a bunch of other books about babies. I don’t know what it is but she likes reading about babies and what they do which probably mirrors a lot of what she does. These are perfect books for toddlers!

Everywhere Babies

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Or as Riley calls it, BABIES ERRYWHERE. I just love this book. A sweet book about babies and all the things they do and all the ways they grow. THIS would be a perfect book for a first birthday present. She also has a really cute one called Hooray for Babies that I really like but Riley hasn’t been as in love with yet!

Baby Day

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This is another great book to buy for a 1 year old birthday! It’s about baby’s birthday and all the friends who come to play on their special day — babies with all sorts of different moods and personalities! Riley loves all the babies!

Up Up Up Down:

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I love this book so much and Riley does too! It’s about a stay at home dad and a toddler and what they do all day — featuring lots of early concept opposites like up/down, yum/yuck. Riley thinks it’s funny and I do too! Totally one of those books I appreciate as a parent because I’m like YEP THIS IS OUR DAY haha.

A Good Day For Ducks

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I looooove this book maybe even more than Riley and that’s saying something. I was looking for a good rainy day book and I love how this explores the fun you can have on a rainy day. Such a cozy book that sees the beauty in a rainy day and I know she’s still going to love this beautiful book as she gets older. When Riley asks for this book she says “read drip drop” haha. I put this list on my best books for Easter baskets (by theme) and this one was part of my rainy Spring section! Update: she still loves this book at 4 years old.

Arf! Buzz! Clack!

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This is the perfect early introduction to ABC’s book ever!! It can be grown into once they can start recognizing the letters but it introduces the ABC’s as animal sounds! It’s lovely and a hit with Riley!

How Does Baby Feel? by Karen Katz

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This one has been such a good one for teaching her emotions and feelings! She doesn’t read this one as much now at 2 but she loved it around 18-20 months.

Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

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We’ve read this to her since she was about 14 months or so and she giggles at this one all the time and always likes to say BLUB BLUB BLUUUUB while we read it but she’s gotten WAY more into it as she’s gotten closer to 2. Such a great book to read to a 1 year old and for sure older toddlers too as they really understand more! I think the rhythm and the funny BLUB BLUB BLUB makes it a hit at a younger age. Update: this book really became even more of a favorite at 2 years old.

Zoom: A Fast-paced Book of Colors

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I feel like Riley always loved this one since she was like 6 months old but she definitely got into it more as she got older and even now at 2 she thinks this one is GREAT! It’s bright, catchy rhymes and a great book for kids who are learning or into their colors. Now Riley loves to point at all the cars and tell me the colors. Just a fantastic book! We have a couple of others in the My Little World series and they are just all around great, sturdy board books. This one is still my favorite though!


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I haven’t read the Bruce books in a little bit (the boys I nannied LOVED them!) but when Disney sent a free copy of this board book to us, Riley was obsessed instantly. She giggled when we read it and loved trying to find Bruce. I found that it has been really great for her in learning using words like “in” “behind” etc when talking about where something (in this case Bruce) is. A cute little peek-a-boo fun with grumpy Bruce geared towards a bit of a younger kid vs the rest in the Bruce series.

Big Red Barn

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A classic that has been a hit for my farm loving kid that shows what the animals do when the people are away! I actually really like reading this one, too! Riley loves pointing out EVERY animal so it takes us a bajillion years to read haha.

Some of her favorite seasonal & holiday books at 1

You can find more detailed lists here: Best Christmas books for babies, best Christmas books for toddlers, Best Fall Books For toddlers, best pumpkin books for toddlers, best snow books

10 Busy Brooms: a fun little counting book for Halloween that Riley seemed to like a lot!

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin: We were reading this book year-round pretty much until I finally hid in February. She LOVES silly Duck and Goose. It’s a perfect book for the younger 1’s. Riley thought it was the funniest book ever in the fall when she was like 14/15 months.

Jingle Bells: I can’t even say this is an actual book for this age group but Riley fell in love with this one!! I finally had to hide this one because I couldn’t take how often she was asking for it. It’s literally just the Jingle Bells song but the pictures tell a different story. She doesn’t get the story happening in the photos but I get a kick out of it. Update: still a favorite and now she sees the story the pictures are telling.

We’re Going On An Egg Hunt: This was such a fun lift the flap for Easter! Riley really enjoyed finding the eggs.

So those are some of Riley’s and my favorite books and stories for 1 year olds! I really have been enjoying making these toddler book lists because we read SO much and I love sharing them. What are some of your favorite books for 12-24 month olds?

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Tales for toddlers 1-2-3 years old

It is necessary to educate and support children's love for books from early childhood. By the age of two, the child is already beginning to understand the meaning of 90,003 simple and 90,004 short fairy tales with a simple plot.

High-quality illustrations are very important for reading comprehension. With the help of pictures, the child builds a plot sequence for himself and better perceives the text. We tried to find illustrations from the best artists in order to develop the artistic taste of the baby from early childhood and instill a love of reading. In addition, fairy tales help the baby broaden your horizons and increase your vocabulary .

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A fairy tale about three brothers-piglets who built houses for themselves. One brother built a house out of straw, another out of twigs and twigs, and a third out of bricks. "Three Little Pigs" read Once upon a time there were three little pigs in the world. Three brothers. All…

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A short story about a trusting girl and a cunning gray wolf. Disobeying her mother, the girl turns off the road and talks to a stranger - a gray wolf . .. "Little Red Riding Hood" read Once upon a time there was a little girl. Her mother loved her without memory, and her grandmother…

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Kitten named Woof — a series of short stories about the adventures of the kitten Woof and his friend, Sharik the puppy. Ridiculous situations constantly happen to Gav, as soon as he goes out into the yard. Together with his friend, he manages...

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The turnip is a well-known fairy tale for the little ones with a large number of repetitions. The child quickly remembers the sequence of presentation and a simple plot. "Turnip" read Grandfather planted a turnip and says: - Grow a turnip, sweet, sweet! Grow big, big! A turnip has grown, sweet and big, big….

A tale about a hedgehog, a hare and a crow who could not share the last apple among themselves. Everyone wanted to own it. But the fair bear judged their dispute, and each got a piece of a treat... It was late to read "Apple"...

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A short story for the little ones about three restless kittens and their funny adventures. Small children love short stories with pictures, that's why Suteev's fairy tales are so popular and loved! “Three kittens” read Three kittens — black, gray and…

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Lillian Moore (March 17, 1909 - July 20, 2004) was an American children's writer and poet, best known for the fairy tale "Little Raccoon and the One Who Sits in the Pond."

A tale about how the animals in the forest decided to arrange a holiday for an old and respected spruce tree, which turned a hundred years old. Her birthday was in the summer, and she wanted to look like on New Year's Eve. “Birthday…

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The fairy tale teaches to help others, to be kind and sympathetic. The animals helped each other to hide from the rain under the mushroom, and then they saved the hare from the fox ... Read under the mushroom Once upon a time the Ant was caught in a heavy rain. Where to hide?…

A fairy tale about a Bunny who decided to build a house for himself, and different animals began to give him advice… Reading a house for a Bunny Tired of sleeping under a bush. He decided to build a house. — Make your own nest on an oak tree, - advised…

1-2 grade

The Fox and the Crane is a fairy tale about friendship between a cunning fox and a smart crane. The crane could not eat the semolina porridge, which the Fox smeared on a plate. He invited her to his place and treated her to a delicious okroshka, which he put down...

The tale tells the reader why a dog could not make friends with either a hare, or a wolf, or a bear. Only with a man did she find a common language . .. (retelling by K.T. Samorodov) Like a dog looking for a friend to read Long ago in ...

Masha and the Bear is a fairy tale about a girl who got lost in the forest and ended up in a bear's hut. The bear did not let Mashenka go home, however, the girl came up with a way to return to her grandparents. Masha and…

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  • Legend of Arion


    This legend was recorded by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who widely used myths and legends in his writings. Arion defeated the greed and greed of people with his art, beauty and charm. "The Legend of Arion" read ... Periander was a tyrant1 of Corinth. S…

  • Labors of Hercules. Animal Farm of King Avgiy

    Myths of Ancient Greece, Kun N.A.

    The feat of Hercules, when in one day he cleared the entire barnyard of Avgius, who had innumerable herds, of manure. "Animal Farm of King Avgiy" read Soon, Eurystheus gave a new assignment to Hercules. He had to clear the whole of manure…

  • Heracles' exploits. Apples of the Hesperides

    myths of Ancient Greece, Kun N.A.

    The myth about the last, twelfth, feat of Hercules, when he had to get three golden apples from the gardens of the great titan, who holds the vault of heaven on his shoulders. "Apples of the Hesperides" read The most difficult feat of Hercules in the service of Eurystheus ...

  • Colorful fairy tales

    Odoevsky V.F.

    In unusual stories, alternating like pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope, Odoevsky depicts the negative qualities of people covered from above with a veil of decency… Retort Retort — cornue — retorte — distillation vessel; a type of bottle with a round bottom in the form of a pear with a long…

  • Gifts of the Magi

    O. Henry

    One of the writer's most tender stories about high love and sacrifice that only a loving person can make. "Gift of the Magi" read One dollar and eighty-seven cents! And it's all! Of these, sixty cents - for ...

  • Doll

    Nosov E.I.

    A story about the heavy trace that war leaves on a person's soul. A former front-line soldier found a doll with gouged out eyes and burned hair. The old man is greatly upset by the cruelty of the children and he decides to bury the doll. "Doll" read Now ...

  • Trouble

    Zoshchenko M.M.

    A story about a persistent and purposeful, but very dependent on alcohol, peasant. All his life he dreamed of his own horse, saved up money for a long time, denying himself a lot, but drunkenness prevented his dream from coming true ... "Trouble" read Yegor Ivanovich ...

  • Yushka

    Platonov A. P.

    A story about a blacksmith's assistant, nicknamed Yushka, who was ill, looked like an old man, but worked properly. Many in the city mocked him, children could throw a stone, but Yushka never got angry ... "Yushka" read Long ago, in ...

  • Tam Glen

    Burns R.

    Ah, aunt, I ask for advice! I disappeared, I was captured. I don’t want to offend my relatives, But Tam Glen is dearer to me than everyone. With such a young man, I don't need to be afraid of the fate of change.0005

  • Lines about war and love

    Burns R.

    Robbery covered with laurels, Both land and sea It's not worth glorifying. I'm ready to give my blood In that life-creating battle That we call love. I glorify the triumph of the world, Contentment and prosperity. It is more pleasant to create one Than to destroy a dozen!

  • What's a girl to do

    Burns R.

    What's a girl to do? What shall I do, little girl? How shall I, little girl, live with my hubby? He is grouchy and sick, always dissatisfied. There is coldness in his chest, ice in his hands. He groans, ...

  • If my love were lilac

    Burns R.

    If my love were lilac With a lilac color in the spring, And I would be a bird under the canopy In its depths. How dejected I would be, When there are no lilacs in winter, But I would sing elated, Only young May will return her color ....

  • 1 - Kolobok

    Russian folk tale

    The tale about Kolobok is found in Russian and Ukrainian folklore, and also has analogues in fairy tales of many other nations. Our site presents a version of a folk tale in the processing of A.N. Tolstoy. "Kolobok" read Once upon a time there was an old man with an old woman. Here ...

  • 2 - Three little pigs

    Mikhalkov S.

    A fairy tale about three little pigs who built houses for themselves. One brother built a house out of straw, another out of twigs and twigs, and a third out of bricks. "Three Little Pigs" read Once upon a time there were three little pigs in the world. Three brothers. All…

  • 3 - Little Red Riding Hood

    Charles Perrault

    A short story about a trusting girl and a cunning gray wolf. Disobeying her mother, the girl turns off the road and talks to a stranger - a gray wolf ... "Little Red Riding Hood" read Once upon a time there was a little girl. Her mother loved her without memory, and her grandmother ...

  • 4 - Turnip

    Russian folk tale

    The turnip is a famous fairy tale for the little ones with a lot of repetitions. The child quickly remembers the sequence of presentation and a simple plot. "Turnip" read Grandfather planted a turnip and says: - Grow a turnip, sweet, sweet! Grow big, big! A turnip has grown, sweet and big, big….

  • 5 - Bremen town musicians

    Entin Yu.S. and Livanov V.B.

    The story of the animals and the young Troubadour who went to the city of Bremen to become street musicians. In the city they stopped in front of the royal castle. The king and princess came out onto the balcony of the palace, the townspeople ran to the square and it began ...

  • 6 - Flower of seven flowers

    Kataev V.P.

    A fairy tale about a girl Zhenya, who was presented with a magical seven-flower flower. It had seven petals and could grant any seven wishes. Zhenya spent the first six wishes, but did not get any pleasure and only made her last wish ...

  • 7 - The Snow Queen test and melt even an icy heart! "The Snow Queen" read Table of contents: ♦   The first story, which tells about ...0005

  • 8 - Wolf and seven kids

    Russian folk tale

    The tale tells about an evil wolf who changed his voice, made his way into the goat's house and ate little kids. But the mother goat will be able to save her children and get rid of the wolf. "The Wolf and the Seven Kids" read Once upon a time there was a goat with kids ....

  • 9 - Three Bears

    Russian folk tale

    Three Bears is a fairy tale about a girl who got lost in the forest and ended up in a house of bears. There she behaved very rudely: without permission, she ate from every cup, sat on every chair, lay down in every bed, ...

  • 10 - The Tale of Tsar Saltan

    Pushkin A.S.

    The tale of Tsar Saltan, his glorious and mighty son Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and the beautiful Swan Princess is based on the folk tale "Wonderful Sons". Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin enriched the folk work with new plot twists,…

  • 11 - Geese-swans

    Russian folk tale

    Geese-swans - a fairy tale about how a boy was carried away by swan geese and his sister went to look for him. The stove, apple tree and river helped the girl save her brother. Read the fairy tale in the processing of A.N. Tolstoy. "Geese-swans" read There lived a man and a woman. At…

  • 12 - The Frog Princess

    Russian folk tale

    The Frog Princess is a Russian folk tale where the main character, Ivan Tsarevich, married a frog by the will of fate. Ivan had no idea that his wife was Vasilisa the Wise, turned by Koshchei into a frog. Ivan hurried, burned the frog's skin and had to ...

  • 13 - The Fox and the Crane

    Russian folk tale

    The Fox and the Crane is a fairy tale about friendship between a cunning fox and a clever crane. The crane could not eat the semolina porridge, which the Fox smeared on a plate. He invited her to his place and treated her to a delicious okroshka, which he put ...

  • 14 - Masha and the Bear

    Russian folk tale

    Masha and the Bear is a fairy tale about a girl who got lost in the forest and ended up in a bear's hut. The bear did not let Mashenka go home, however, the girl came up with a way to return to her grandparents. Masha and ...

  • 15 - The Wizard of the Emerald City

    Volkov A.M.

    "The Wizard of the Emerald City" - a fairy tale by Alexander Volkov written at 1939 based on the fairy tale by the American writer Frank Baum "The Wise Man of Oz" with some changes. In 1959, a new edition of the book was published, significantly revised ...

  • 16 - Winnie the Pooh and all, all, all

    Alan Milne

    A cheerful and beloved fairy tale about Winnie the Pooh does not obey the laws of the fairy tale genre. The tale is devoid of negative characters, the struggle between good and evil forces. The main characters of the tale are the toys of the boy Christopher, with whom funny situations happen in a magical ...

  • 17 - Hen Ryaba

    Russian folk tale

    Hen Ryaba is the first fairy tale that mothers read to their babies. Children quickly grasp a simple plot and remember it by heart. Hen Ryaba read Once upon a time there was a grandfather and a woman. And they had a Ryaba Hen. A chicken laid an egg, yes...

  • 18 - The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish

    Pushkin A.S.

    The tale of a poor fisherman who caught a golden fish in his net. The old man took pity on the fish, released it into the sea. For this, the fish promised to fulfill his every desire. The old man didn’t ask for anything, but when he returned home, he told about…

  • 19 - The Little Mermaid

    Hans Christian Andersen

    A touching tale of the Little Mermaid's strong love for the prince. The little mermaid is ready to give up everything that is dear to her for the sake of the human soul and the love of the prince ... The fairy tale formed the basis of the plots of many films, cartoons and musicals. The Little Mermaid read In the open…

  • 20 - Thumbelina

    Hans Christian Andersen

    The fairy tale about Thumbelina is loved by children all over the world. A tiny girl born from a flower goes through many trials on the way to her happiness. Fate rewards Thumbelina for her kind heart. The swallow she rescued earlier endures...

  • 21 - Puss in Boots

    Charles Perrault

    The tale of an unusual cat that was inherited by a younger brother from a miller's father. The young man was not very happy at first with his share of the inheritance, but the cunning and smart cat made him the richest man and son-in-law of the king ... The cat in ...

  • 22 - Sleeping Beauty

    Charles Perrault celebration in honor of his birth. The old fairy predicted the girl's death from a spindle prick, but the good fairy was able to commute the sentence. The girl did not die, but fell asleep on ...

  • 23 - Ax porridge

    Russian folk tale

    Ax porridge is a short fairy tale about a witty soldier. The greedy old woman did not want to feed the soldier, but he outwitted her and got porridge with butter ... Read porridge from an ax The old soldier went on a visit. Tired of…

  • 24 - The Ugly Duckling

    Hans Christian Andersen

    A fairy tale about the miraculous transformation of an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. The duckling was born unlike his brothers, the inhabitants of the poultry yard disliked him for his dissimilarity to the others. The duckling had to leave the house and go through many trials before he…

  • 25 - Bean seed

    Russian folk tale

    The cockerel and the bean seed is a Russian folk tale about a rooster who was always in a hurry when pecking at the seeds. The hen warned him all the time and asked him to peck more slowly. One day he choked on a bean seed and fell down. But the hen…

  • 26 - Fear has big eyes

    Russian folk tale

    Fear has big eyes — a short fairy tale about the fact that from fear you can see what was not really… (from the collection of M. M. Serova ) Fear has big eyes to read Once upon a time there was an old grandmother, a laughing granddaughter, a hen-klohtushka and a mouse-leaf. Each…

  • 27 - The Princess and the Pea

    Hans Christian Andersen

    A short story about how a prince wants to marry a real princess. One day, a girl knocked on the gate, who was soaked to the skin, but assured that she was a real princess. They let her in for the night, and the old queen arranged for her to be tested ......

  • 28 - Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka

    Russian folk tale

    Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka is a fairy tale about how the younger brother disobeyed his sister, got drunk from hooves and turning into a goat... Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka read Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman, they had...

  • 29 - Sivka Burka

    Russian folk tale

    Sivka-Burka is a fairy tale about the adventures of Ivan the Fool and his gallant horse. Sivka Burka read The old man had three sons: two smart ones, and the third Ivanushka the Fool; day and night, the fool is lying on the stove. The old man sowed wheat, and it grew ... good cat ... Baba Yaga read Once upon a time there was a husband and wife, and they had a daughter. The wife fell ill and died. Grieved, grieved ...

  • 31 - Teremok

    Russian folk audio tale

    Listen to the Russian folk tale "Teremok" online on the Mishkina Books website!

  • 32 - Twelve months

    Samuil Marshak

    Do you know how many months there are in a year? - Twelve. And what are their names? — January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. As soon as one month ends, another immediately begins. And…

  • 33 - The tale of the priest and his worker Balda

    Pushkin A.S.

    The tale of the stingy priest and resourceful worker Balda. Somehow Balda was hired for the service for three clicks on the forehead of the priest. When the time of reckoning was approaching, the priest decided to give Balda an impossible task in order to get rid of him. But Balda…

  • 34 - Crocodile Gena and his friends

    Uspensky E.N.

    Tale about a lonely crocodile Gena. Coming home from work from the zoo, he was left alone and bored. Crocodile Gena decided to make friends with someone. He wrote an ad that he was looking for friends, hung them around the city and ...

  • 35 - Little Humpbacked Horse

    Ershov P.

    There was an old man in a village who had three sons. They grew wheat and sold it in the market. But then someone got into the habit of trampling wheat in the field at night ... Table of contents: ♦ Part one. It begins…

  • 36 - Alice in Wonderland

    Carroll L.

    A fascinating story about a girl Alice who met a talking White Rabbit and ended up in amazing worlds where she met very unusual characters… Chapter 1. Down Alice's rabbit hole tired of sitting with my sister doing nothing on the shore ...

  • 37 - The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    A fairy tale about how a pilot, who remained a child at heart, met the Little Prince in the desert, who arrived from another planet. Dedication I ask the children to forgive me for dedicating this book to an adult. I'll justify it: this one...

Books for children 1-2 years old. List of the best fairy tales and poems - Once upon a time

Perhaps no other joint activity with a child has such a powerful developmental, educational and emotional impact on a child as reading. By reading, we contribute to the development of speech and imagination of the baby, we learn to concentrate. Thanks to books, children and parents get a huge field for conversation, discussing various situations, arguing "who did well and who did badly and why. " In addition, reading can become a wonderful evening ritual, as it helps to calm down after noisy games, spend time together, and strengthen relationships between parents and children.

In this article you will find a list of books for children 1-2 years old. These books will help you to spend time together in an interesting and useful way.

First of all, I want to note that most of the books from the previous selection (from 0 to 1 year old) are also relevant at the age of up to 2 years. Children are still interested in fairy tales with multiple repetitions (such as Turnip and Teremok), they are happy to listen to Barto and other simple poems.


So here's what you can add to your library after 1 year:

  • Poems

Read poems to your child as often as possible now, and when he begins to speak the first words and sentences, he will amaze you with his knowledge of all those verses that you once read to him.

When a certain number of words (even simplified ones) appear in the child's active dictionary, invite him to complete the lines you started. Those. after reading the line, leave one word for the baby “Our Tanya is loud ...” Later, you can offer your little listener to finish 2-3 words or even a whole line. As a result, you will not notice how the child himself will begin to tell you quatrains.

Our daughter started surprising us with her first quatrains shortly before she was 2 years old. By order, of course, she did not tell them, but only when she herself wanted to. And of course, she simplified many words in the verse, pronouncing them in her “gibberish” :)

I think Marshak needs no introduction, our entire generation grew up on him. This is the poet with whom you need to get acquainted among the first. Of all Marshak's collections, this one, in my opinion, is the most worthy - an excellent selection of works and illustrations are generally good (if you are not embarrassed by a camel in an Uzbek robe and other animals in clothes).

There is only one very significant drawback - there is no "Mustache-striped" in the collection. I can’t imagine Marshak’s work without this work, and therefore I wonder how the publishing house could “forget” about him. "Mustachio-striped" can be bought separately or found in other collections.

Barto is a timeless classic. These poems are understandable to every kid, they are very easy to hear and quickly remembered.

Ekaterina Karganova is another wonderful Soviet children's poetess. In my opinion, her works (at least in this collection) are somewhat reminiscent of Barto.

This kind, bright book contains the simplest, most "baby" rhymes. And the illustrations are pleasant, unobtrusive.

And again short funny rhymes. Yes, and in the illustrations of Konashevich - the perfect combination. I want to read this book again and again, it has long been among our favorites.

This collection was mentioned earlier here.

In general, Donaldson's works, in my opinion, are well suited for children after two years, but this one is an exception. The topic here is very understandable even for the smallest - the monkey has lost its mother and is trying to find her. The story (which, by the way, is in verse) is very sincere and not at all sad. You have to see what a happy face my daughter has every time when on the last page the monkey still finds her mother.

The book is well suited for reading from 1.5 years.

The highlight of this book lies in the three-dimensional and also moving illustrations. Opening and closing the pages, together with the baby, you will watch how the hippopotamus opens and closes its mouth, the anteater eats ants, etc. In general, new impressions are guaranteed both for the child and for the parents :) The poems themselves in the book are quite coherent, despite the fact that they are translated.

Large collections of poems by different authors should not be ignored either. If a publishing house prepared a collection with a soul, then it usually contains the best of the work of various poets, including not so popular, but no less talented. For example, when we were 1-2 years old, we actively read the following collection from the AST publishing house:

  • "100 favorite poems for kids" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

Here you can find some of the most famous works of Mikhalkov, Marshak, Chukovsky, Tokmakova, Uspensky, Mashkovskaya, etc. In general, a complete set. The illustrations are also very good, drawn, not computer generated, many of them are familiar to me from my children's books. The only thing I don’t like here, perhaps, is the clumsy frame along the edges of the pages, it’s not clear why the publisher added it, but very soon you stop paying attention to it

Here is an example of another great collection of poems with a similar name - 100 poems for kids (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop).

  • "Big book of fairy tales and poems for the little ones" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

Another great collection that I also highly recommend. Starting from the age of 1.5 and for quite a long time with our daughter, this book was a real hit. The book contains very kind, small poems and fairy tales that are understandable for a 1-2 year old child. All of them are well known to us since childhood. Here are Marshak's "Baggage", and "About a girl who ate badly" by Mikhalkov, and "Who said "Meow"" by Suteev. And many, many more. True, it is worth noting that if you have already bought the collection of Marshak, which was mentioned above, then some works will be repeated here.

Now another wonderful collection, united by Suteev's illustrations, is on sale - "V. Suteev's best picture book" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop). A lot here intersects with the "Big Book of Fairy Tales and Poems", plus a little Chukovsky, a little Oster, Plyatskovsky and others are added, only 500 pages! I have never come across such an amazing selection in one place before, I bought most of these pieces separately.

Chukovsky is an indelible classic. I wrote more about this collection here.

"Dream Book" is one of those books that become a favorite among kids. On its pages, the bunny finds herself in very close and understandable situations for the child: she escorts her father to work, eats, goes to visit her grandmother, gets sick, goes to kindergarten, etc. Using the example of a bunny, it is easy for a baby to explain why it is impossible to run far from their parents, why, when you are sick, you must definitely drink medicine, etc. Bunny becomes a true friend, of course, because his life is so familiar to the child. The kid involuntarily builds analogies with his life, which, in addition to everything, contributes to the development of associative thinking.

Another advantage of the book is that the text gives good tips for parents about what questions to ask their child while reading.

The second part of the book consists of, in my opinion, not very successful nursery rhymes and short educational stories on the topics one-many, wide-narrow, adult-child, etc. In no way am I against learning these concepts, it's just that, as our experience has shown, it's boring for a kid to learn them from these stories. Therefore, it may be advisable to limit ourselves to only the first part of the book, it can be purchased in the form of two small books.0003 About Bunny " (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop), " More about Bunny " (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop).

The recommended age of the book is from 2 years old, but, as practice shows, the stories about Tanya and Vanya (section "Seasons") are interesting and quite understandable for the baby even earlier. My daughter Taisiya, for example, "fell in love" with Tanya and Vanya from about 1 year 9 months. Thanks to their adventures, the features of the seasons became more understandable to her.

The rest of the book is no less interesting.

For convenience, all the stories about the bunny, about Tanya and Vanya, Mitya and Anya can be bought in the complete collection - The Great Book about the Bunny (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

You can also play with her! Holes have been made on most of the pages - the caterpillar “gnawed through” everything tasty that came in its way. Kids really like to explore these holes, put their fingers in them. You can even push the cords into these holes together with the baby, it turns out as if the caterpillar is really crawling.

The book also helps in mastering counting, days of the week. The illustrations are a bit odd, but they are wonderful! There is also little text, it is kind and understandable.

This is a slightly unusual book, here the same room is depicted from page to page, but with a change in details. The text of the poem draws the attention of the child to one or the other details. The kid will be happy to find them. The illustrations are detailed, there is something to look at. The text is very soothing, the perfect book to read before bed.

  • Flap books

Books with flaps are another one of your assistants in developing your baby's fine motor skills. These toy books are full of surprises, different little animals hid behind the doors, mushrooms, leaves, and to find them, the kid will need to bend the leaf-valve on his own. As a rule, children are very fond of such surprises, so books with flaps delight them. Here are some examples of such creations:

  • Moomin. Merry hide and seek" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

The book is not bad in its conception, but the illustrations and the names of the trolls are somewhat scary. However, children are a peculiar people and what seems strange to us is often their favorite. That's what happened with this book. There was a period when we read it every day several times. We didn’t give our daughter the incomprehensible names of the Moomin trolls, but simply called all the trolls hippos: hippo mother, hippo grandfather.

  • Who is tall? (Ozon, My-shop)

it also has an educational character - it introduces the concepts of big, small, tall, long. And it also has incredible flaps - the size of an elephant is 4 times larger than the size of a closed book! :) Of course, there is very little text here, all the emphasis is on the pictures. This book will definitely be one of your favorites!

There are other interesting books with valves:

  • "Where does the bird live?" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

  • Ian Whybrow "Sleepy Bear" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

  • Knock knock! Who's there?" (Ozon, Labyrinth, My-shop)

Y. Kumykov "New Year's story" (Labyrinth, My-shop, Read)

Another toy book. Here the baby has the opportunity to master the skills of lacing. The kid is invited to "lace up" the mitten to the girl's palm and perform other interesting tasks, for example, tie a bag to Santa Claus. Not everything, of course, will work out for a baby under 2 years old, but you can do something with your mother's help, and the rest will come in handy for later. In addition, there is a very sweet, kind and understandable poem.

Short fairy tales

Well, I'll finish with good old Russian fairy tales. They are simple and clear, they have a lot of repetitions that children love so much. After 1 year, the child begins to understand more and more diverse stories, so I propose to replenish your collection of fairy tales with the following works of folk art.

For one-year-old children, it is better to choose such books with fairy tales, in which the number of pictures significantly exceeds the amount of text.

The book attracts kids, first of all, with its illustrations. There are many small details on them, which at this age become very interesting for children. There is not much text, so for one-year-old children it is ideal.

Well, do not forget about these fairy tales that you already, for sure, loved:

0004 . It is possible that the baby will not immediately be ready for such joy and will strive to tear something tempting from the panorama, then it will be necessary to calmly explain why this is not necessary.

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