My toddler really loves books and is always wanting me to read to him. Unfortunately many of the books he'd like me to read to him aren't exactly age appropriate (such as the copy of Canterbury Tales he hurled at me when I was in the shower the other day). I like board books because he can't tear them and they tend to be pitched at the shorter attention of the under twos but many of them are pretty dull. I am always on the look out for books that we can actually enjoy together, at least for the first few readings (anything gets old after the fiftieth). Here are a selection of my little guy's current favourites:
This book is a fun way to teach toddlers about shapes and a great way to get through to a child who loves dinosaurs (which seems to be most of them). Shapes are explained with the dinosaurs' oval eggs, crescent shaped claws etc. My little guy likes pointing to the tyrannosaurs and roaring and has learned to say "scares" (squares) and "tangles" (rectangles).
This book teaches about opposites and has flaps kids can lift up to reveal the pictures underneath. I generally dislike flap books like the Spot series because the flaps keep getting torn off and I am forever gluing them back on but this book has proved pretty durable so far.
This is another durable flap book with lots of cute pictures of babies that toddlers can engage with. It teaches toddlers about the parts of their bodies. After reading it a few times my son would lift up his shirt to show me his own belly button, wiggle his toes when it mentions feet etc. He also loves lifting the flaps and saying "boo" to the babies.
This is the story of a little girl called Lulu as she goes about her normal day. It's an interactive book and toddlers can play at zipping up Lulu's jumper and touching different textured panels. Older or more advanced toddlers can practice tying and untying the bow on Lulu's apron. This is great for developing fine motor skills and for kids learning to dress themselves. If you enjoy this one there are several other books in the Lulu series, including This is Lulu, Lulu's Lunch, Lulu's Shoes and Lulu's Christmas.