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20 fun books to enhance toddler learning

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20 fun books to enhance toddler learning by Maxabella

Reading aloud to your baby and toddler is a joyful, bonding experience that should be experienced as often as possible. Here are some fun books you can enjoy with your little one time and time again.

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1. Aussie Legends Alphabet by Beck Feiner

A is for Adam Goodes, B is for Bob Hawke, C is for Cathy Freeman … this sweet book not only teachers your toddler the alphabet, it also educates them in the uniqueness that is the Aussie personality.

2. An Incomplete Book of Awesome Things by Wee Society

A gorgeous book full of colour and charm. Your toddler will learn about important things like hula hoops, nests, fireflies, confetti and tacos.

3. Peekaboo Pals Opposites by Becky Davis

A quirky lift-the-flap book that toddlers will find hilarious. The book will help kids learn their opposites (high/low, up/down, etc) while it entertains them with amusing concepts like a lion with his mane chopped off, or a bear on a slippery dip crashing into sandcastles.

4. Before and After by Matthias Arégui

This is a wordless book that you can talk through with your toddler. What comes before a chicken? What comes after a bud? The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, so there’s bonus art appreciation in there too.

5. Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

One of the most famous Aussie board books of all, this charmer is a must-have on any toddler bookshelf. We’re learning our colours here, but also so much more about rhyme and past times and having fun.

6. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Another Aussie classic that is a great introduction to the idea of diary keeping. Toddlers will love the simple language and beautiful illustrations.

7. Animals by Ingela P Arrhenius

Thirty different animals are beautifully illustrated in this giant colourful book. It’s worth making space for, especially as toddlers will enjoy flipping through this book on the floor on their own.

8. Along a Long Road by Frank Viva

Introducing concepts like over and under, in and out, through and around, this lovely book has been illustrated as one long artwork.

9. Spot It! Find the Hidden Creatures by Delphine Chedru

Fifteen animals and a farmer are hidden within the abstract artworks. Little surprises and secrets are everywhere in this book, encouraging kids to use their detective skills to find the animals.

10. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

It’s okay to make a mistake. It’s a lesson parents have been trying to teach their kids since forever, but it’s a hard one to make stick. This book helps make that happen, and shows how mistakes can be turned into something wonderful.

11. That’s Not My Monster by Fiona Watt

There are loads of That’s Not My… books, but this one is our favourite. It’s such an entertaining way for toddlers to learn about different textures – and it also helps that monsters are turned into friends.

12. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Any of Oliver Jeffers’ books deserve a place in a kids’ library. This one probably suits toddlers more than others (although growing into these books is entirely worthy). This book teaches kids about making plans and following their dreams.

13. Animalia by Graeme Base

This is a book for kids to get lost in as they search through the amazing illustrations to find alphabetised objects and concepts. Toddlers will meet their new favourite animal and concepts like rhyme, assonance and alliteration.

14. Possum Magic by Mem Fox

Probably Australia’s best-loved picture book – take your toddler on a journey across Australia with the lovable Grandma Poss and Hush.

15. Today I Feel… by Madalena Moniz

A glorious book that takes children through an alphabet of emotions. Whether feeling relaxed, curious, strong or lonely, all are emotions that you can discuss with your toddler and ask them to demonstrate them for you.

16. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rossen

I’m sure you’ve read this award-winning classic many times, but mentioned it just in case you haven’t! A cute introduction to over, on, above, below, around concepts for your child. Plus there are loads of bear-hunting activities thought up by clever bloggers for you to Google and have a go at as well.

17. Home by Carson Ellis

This is such a great book for opening up conversations with older toddlers about where we live and why. Which home do they like best? Who would they most like to live with? What do they like most about their own home?

18. Grug by Ted Prior

You don’t expect to love these books as much as your toddler, but you do. Grug is such a lovable character who is always getting up to mischief through which he teaches kids about important things like kindness, perseverance, giving your best and more. There are 30 books in the series, so if your toddler likes them, you’re good to go.

19. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Get ready to hear the word “again” many times after reading this simple and hilarious book. A bear has misplaced his hat and goes along asking all the animals he meets if they’ve seen his hat. It’s a lesson in manners and responses. Toddlers will love getting in on the joke after a few reads.

20. Press Here by Herve Tullet

The perfect book in our touch screen obsessed times. A simple press of a yellow ‘button’ sparks a joyous adventure through our imaginations. Toddlers will know exactly what to do with this whimsical book.

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