Teachers Recommend: Books to Read to your Toddler

Teachers Recommend: Books to Read to your Toddler

By Jess Goodwin On 8 Sep 2022 In Family fun, Tips & Tricks, Simplay3, teacher picks, literacy day, early education, child development

For International Literacy Day, we asked some elementary school teachers what book they love to read and would recommend to parents. Here are their answers: 

1. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Recommended by Mrs. Baumann, Pre-K teacher

2. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Recommended by Mrs. Morgan, Kindergarten teacher

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Recommended by Mrs. Ritchey, Kindergarten Speech and Literacy teacher

4. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion 

Harry the dirty dog by Gene Zion

Recommended by Mrs. McPeck, Kindergarten teacher

5. Ricky the Rock that Couldn’t Roll by Mr. Jay

Ricky the rock that couldn't roll by Mr. Jay

Recommended by Mrs. Bennett, Pre-K teacher

6. Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems 

Elephant & Piggie: We are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Recommended by Mrs. Staker, Pre-K teacher

7. Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae 

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Recommended by Miss Wojo, 1st Grade teacher

8. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Waht do you see? by Eric Carle

Recommended by Mrs. Goodwin, Pre-K teacher

Introducing a love of reading to your child at a young age nurtures the essential building blocks of literacy skills for future reading, writing and language development. Creating a literacy-friendly home is just the start to developing an environment where your child will see, hear & even read their first book.  Readingrockets.org curated a great checklist for parents and guardians to go over and learn how to make this environment. This is a great place to start your literacy journey with your child. 

Inspire literacy in your own neighborhood with a Sharing Library, and register it for anyone in the community to find at https://littlefreelibrary.org/. For a dig-free install, check out the Dig-Free Sharing Library, that can go inside or out!

For a cozier space, fill the Cozy Cubby Reading Nook with new and classic favorites to encourage quiet time and a dedicated space for reading.

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