There’s nothing more comforting to a child than getting tucked into bed, snuggling up and getting a loved one to read them a bedtime story. Not only is it a great bonding activity to help little ones unwind before bed, it will also help improve their speech and language development too! To celebrate this year’s World Book Day, today we’ll be listing a few of our all-time favourite books to read to your toddler, as well as letting all new parents know why reading to your little one is so important.
Why is it so Important to Read to Your Toddler?
1. Studies have shown that children who have stories read to them regularly show more empathy and find it easier to understand people.
2. Some stories you’ll read to your baby or toddler will be far too complex for them to understand, however, from birth to around 3 months old, your little one will be learning to focus their eyes on simple shapes. All the books you read will most likely have lots of colourful illustrations, shapes and letters to stimulate your child’s senses and allow their development to sky rocket.
3. A lot of the time, your child won’t really know what you’re saying, but reading and just hearing the sound of your voice is a soothing ritual for both the mother and baby.
4. Your baby will be eased by the sound of your voice, and will subconsciously pick up the rhythms, tones and inflections of your voice which can help them with their own speech and literacy skills as they get older.
5. Eventually, your child will develop their own imagination but until then, storytelling will be a big part of creating and encouraging this.
6. Encompassing understanding: As your child gets older, at the end of story time, stop and ask them ‘why do you think this character did that’ – this can help your child develop their understanding and vocabulary.
With all this said, we’ve decided to give you a few of our most loved books, available on the JoJo site. These choices are especially great for aiding your child’s speech development.
ELMER BUGGY BOOK COLOURS
Red and yellow and pink and green! You can recite all the colours of the rainbow with this fantastic book featuring everyone's favourite elephant. The book features beautiful graphics of the original Elmer and sturdy board pages that are perfect for little hands to hold and turn themselves. Click here to view.
TINY LOVE WHERE DO I LIVE BOOK
What a gorgeous first book to give to your baby. This soft book will introduce babies to a sweet story about creatures and their homes, and with bright illustrations, textures and patterns, they will fully engage all of their senses while learning. There’s even a teether and a handy clip that you can attach to your buggy so it’s always close to hand! Click here to view.
JANE FOSTER BOOKS
We have a range of Jane Foster books on our site, and we’re sure your little one will love every single one. The Jane Foster’s ABC book offers retro graphics that will be sure to capture little eyes and imaginations. You’ll even be able to teach them their ABC’s so they’re one step ahead when they get to nursery or school.
Jane Foster’s 123 book is also a popular option to add to your child’s book shelf. Your little one will be able to learn the basics of numbers and counting, and before you know it, they’ll be telling you what 12x12 is!
FIRST STORIES THE JUNGLE BOOK
A little piece of adventure as you turn with every page, the First Stories The Jungle Book is suitable for children from 2-5 years and even has interactive page mechanisms for your toddlers to enjoy. It’s an introduction to the much-loved and timeless tale of Mowgli’s adventures. Lots of colours and animal imagery will have your child mesmerised and looking forward to story time.
PETER RABBIT A PEEP-INSIDE TALE BOOK
A fabulous book that will allow your child to explore the garden with lots of different flaps to lift and holes to peep through. Peter Rabbit A Peep-Inside Tale Book is a lovely tale based on Beatrix Potter’s most famous character with beautiful illustrations that will entice little minds.
If you’ve purchased a book from the JoJo site, which one did you choose and did your child love it? Leave a comment in the section below to let us know.