The 10 Best Books for Active ToddlersOne of the greatest challenges of homeschooling is what to do with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers when older children are doing their school. If your children are anything like mine, your little ones love to be right in the middle of the action and have their own "school" to do.

I believe that literature is fundamental to a good education and you can't start reading with your children too early. Even babies can benefit from exposure to a variety of books and literary styles.

My children are the rough-and-tumble type, and typically find it difficult to sit still and read for long periods. With that in mind, choosing books that will keep a toddler entertained can be a challenge.

At our house,  we've found that even the most active toddlers will enjoy books with the following elements:

Color Variety

My toddlers love books with a lot of bright colors. A lot of toddler books have narrow color schemes, but my children prefer bright books with a virtual color riot. The more colors the better.

Realistic Pictures

My kids have always preferred books with photos or realistic illustrations. They are not interested in books with simple cartoon drawings. Your children may have a different preference, but don't rule out photography board books when buying for your toddlers.

Interactive Books

Any book with an interactive element is popular with my little ones. My kids love lift-the-flap books, touch-and-feel books, pocket books, and the books you can stick your fingers in. Books with different textures and reflective surfaces are perpetually popular.

Sturdy Pages

It goes without saying that most of our toddler and baby books have plastic or cardboard pagers. Sometimes my kids get a little to enthusiastic about reading and will tear regular paper pages. Toddlers need to have safe books that can be chewed and grasped without fear of destroying them.

Animals and People

My children prefer books about animals and people to other subjects (although my 2 year-old is currently in a dinosaur phase). Other books do not hold their interest as long as books featuring people and animals. However, my children do not like books where animals act like people as much as books where animals act more like real-life animals.Try different books to see if your children's preferences match mine.

Our Favorite Books for Toddlers

I love giving my toddler a few books to read while she waits for her older sister to finish school. Over the years, a few books have become clear winners that she will return to over and over.

  1. Where is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz
  2. Toes, Ears, and Nose by Karen Katz
  3. Biscuit's ABCs by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
  4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  6. Perfect Pets by Roger Priddy
  7. That's Not My Puppy by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells
  8. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  9. Fluffy Chick by Kathy Wilburn
  10. The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

We've read a lot of books here, but these ten from our home library are read at our house almost every day. Having a selection of books that my littlest can read on her own makes a world of difference in how our homeschool day goes.


About the Author

Brenda Priddy

Brenda is a professional writer and homeschooling mother to two girls in Dallas, TX, with a passion for books, DIY, and creative education. Her blog, Schooling a Monkey, is all about homeschooling, crafts, green living, and fun. Keep up with the fun here!

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