When your toddler is learning to talk books are *essential* to helping them say new words & expand their vocabulary 🙌🏼 Here are a few of my favorite book recommendations. I chose these books because they are:
📚Simple- simple = easy to understand. A toddler starts off speaking simply, using one word at a time. By choosing a book that is simple we are making it easy for our toddler to understand and eventually repeat
📚Short- this matches a toddler’s attention span and allows us to create a rich language environment in a way that is fitting for them
📚Repetitive - kids learn through repetition! It allows them to anticipate what is coming and eventually join in & talk. So, if your little one wants to read their favorite book for the millionth time, that’s a good thing
📚 Have fun words/sounds- kids learn through play and having FUN! Words like wee!, ouch!, or moo! Are fun for kids and grab their attention, making them more likely to use the words on their own
⬆️All these things 𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞 your toddler and make it easy for your toddler to 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮, then eventually use the words on their own.
Here are the best books I recommend as a Speech Therapist to help toddlers talk, along with links for you to purchase them if you'd like:
By: Sandra Boynton
Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn about colors, clothes, and getting dressed in this Sandra Boynton classic board book.
This whimsical first concept book, featuring a delightful read-aloud text that showcases animals, colors, and clothes, is sure to elicit giggles from little ones as they happily chime in on every spread with an OOPS.
By: Bill Martin & Eric Carle
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck-- all parade across the pages of this delightful classic children's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.
By Sandra Boynton
Features her lively and spirited text that introduces readers to animals and the noises they make. A quiet final spread begs the little ones and their caregivers to OINK!, SNORT!, QUACK!, and MEOW! in a noisy animal ending.
A cow says MOO.
A sheep says BAA.
Three singing pigs say
LA LA LA!
By: Alice Schertle
Little Blue Truck is a joyful cacophony of animal and truck sounds that will have youngsters beeping and quacking—and begging for one more go-round! This board book edition is perfect for little hands. Along the way, readers see that it pays to be kind to our animal friends. If we show a friendly respect to others, we’re more likely to get help when we’re, say, stuck in the muck in a truck!
What’s your little one’s favorite book?! Let me know in the comments!