7 Best Books For One-Year-Olds

If you’re one of those parents that read books to your one-year-old child, what books are you reading these days? And if you’re just a fun aunt or uncle, what are your best book recommendations for a one-year-old niece or a nephew?

We asked parents, business owners, and those fun aunts and uncles for their best book recommendations for toddlers.

Here’s what books they had to recommend for a one-year-old.

Goodnight Moon

As a parent and owner of a professional and restaurant printing company, I know just how valuable children’s books are! One of my favorite books for one-year-olds is the classic Goodnight Moon. Its beautiful illustrations make it exciting for children that are too young to read and really stimulates their creativity.

Eric Blumenthal, The Print Authority

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein is a classic. The story reminds us to give and give and give, without expecting anything in return. As a parent to a one-year-old, the story serves as a strong reminder of your role as a parent. To give, provide, and to avoid reminding kids of all that you sacrifice in your role. It’s a solid message that strikes a chord with new parents and is a good reminder to us all in a year like 2020.

Carey Wilbur, Charter Capital

“Put Me In The Story” Books

I love the “put me in the story” type of book that transposes a photo of a child into illustrations. Not only do the illustrations insert the child into the storyline, but inserting the name of the child into the text helps personalize the story. By showing a one-year-old that they’re in the book, imaginations can be developed and the creative juices can begin to flow at an early age.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Llama Llama Book Series

As the fun aunt of three little ones, I have found that the Llama Llama book series is a big hit. Since there are so many books within the series, I have seen my nieces enjoy, grow, and continue to relate to Llama Llama. The titles range from Llama Llama Time to Share to Llama Llama Night Night which has truly been great life lessons as well as some great entertainment!

Audrey Hutnick, Smallwave Marketing

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

We have a one-year old daughter who loves playing with books. Some of her favorites are Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle, Look, Look Again by Agnese Baruzzi, and the Peekaboo books by DK Publishing.

Eric McKay, Primer

Science For Babies Series

My favorite series of books for a one-year-old is the Science for Babies series by Chris Ferrie. With entries like Quantum Physics for Babies, Rocket Science for Babies, and Astrophysics for Babies it may seem like these books are a huge waste of time. But the subjects are simplified to such an extent (and with colorful and high contrast illustrations) that the child enjoys the book while the adult gets a refresher course at the same time, which will come in handy when they learn to ask “why”.

Phil Strazzulla, Select Software Reviews

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

My one-year-old grandson and his three-year-old brother are crazy about a book I recently gave

them called Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It tells a story about the letters of the alphabet and how they go to visit a coconut tree. They both love the rhythm and rhymes, and the three-year-old loves recognizing many of the letters and proudly reciting his A-B-Cs at the end of the story.

Colleen McManus, Senior HR Executive and Consultant

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