10 Best Parenting Books For One Year Old
Updated on: April 2023
Best Parenting Books For One Year Old in 2023
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition
Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-To 24-Month-Old
Parenting Your One-Year-Old: A Guide to Making the Most of the "I Can Do It" Phase
My Alphabet Toddler Coloring Book with The Learning Bugs: Fun Coloring Books for Toddlers & Kids Ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 - Activity Book Teaches ABC, Letters & Words for Kindergarten & Preschool Prep Success
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls
My Numbers, Colors and Shapes Toddler Coloring Book with The Learning Bugs: Fun Children's Activity Coloring Books for Toddlers and Kids Ages 2, 3, 4 & 5 for Kindergarten & Preschool Prep Success
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy
What to Expect the First Year
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One- to Four-Year-Old
Top Ten Best Books for Babies and Toddlers
Whether you are a new parent or grandparent who is selecting books for the new baby in the family, these recommendations will give you a sampling of quality children's books to add to the baby's starter library.
Black on White by Tana Hoban
One of the simplest, wordless books out there, Tana Hoban created a book made specifically for babies. The white background combined with black images is just enough contrast for baby's eyes.
My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Even though babies and toddlers may not understand the words in nursery rhymes, they will love hearing the lyrical quality of the rhythms and rhymes in these read-alouds. Toddlers find comfort in hearing the repetitions of sounds and whole nursery rhymes in which they are allowed participation. Wells' whimsical illustrations complement some of the classic nursery rhymes like "Jack and Jill" and "Hey Diddle, Diddle" in this anthology.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
This classic bedtime book for children was extremely popular around our house. My daughter wanted this story read to her again and again, each night. Whenever it was time for the bunny to say goodnight to the mouse in the book, we had to pause so she could kiss the page with the mouse on it. I think the appeal of this book must be the bunny saying his "goodnights" to all the objects around his house, along with the ending rhymes of words such as "mush/hush".
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
In this classic Carle tale, his signature collage illustrations beckon a child into a world of farm animals that are watching a spider spin her web. The embossed strands of web on each page will invite your baby or toddler to touch the pages. In this story, each farm animal asks the spider to play in some way. This book was attractive to my daughter because she then was eventually able to participate in the story by saying the text that followed on each page-"The spider didn't answer. She was very busy spinning her web."
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
The attraction of this book seems to be the layered, cutout shapes and bold colors that reveal animals with the turn of each page. On the back side of each page is one-word text, such as "rectangle". Toddlers and young children enjoy learning shapes and names of animals. This board book will give your toddler a good feeling when he is able to pick up a book and "read" it to himself or Mom.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle
Another classic with Eric Carle's beautiful tissue paper collage as its draw, this story was well-loved in our household. The pattern of text "I see a (color, animal) looking at me" along with the pictures, will help your toddler predict what animal is coming next in the book.
Have You Seen My Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
In this story, a mama duck asks the pond animals to help her find her eighth duckling that appears to be missing. "Have you seen my duckling?" is, again, a repetitive phrase that invites children to chime in. In this Caldecott Honor book, the duckling isn't actually lost. Your child will delight in discovering the whereabouts of the duckling.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
As you read this story to your baby or toddler, you can teach him the finger play that goes along with it. Who can resist singing along to the phrase, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed"?
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
My daughter could not resist the appeal of Cookie the cat in this story. On each day of the week, the funny feline is found making messes and getting into mayhem. As a mom, I enjoyed the days of the week being presented, along with repetitive phrasing such as "there were [clothes] everywhere!". On each page, we only see a snippet of Cookie, whether it is the cat's tail leaving the scene or its eye peeking from behind an object.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three white mice discover three primary colors of paint. In this story, the mice decide to try color-mixing by combining the primary colors to make secondary colors. They paint themselves (and paper), and ultimately wash themselves off so that they will blend in with the white paper so that the cat will not see them. This is a very simple book that will expose your child to the joys of making new colors.
Young children love rhyme, repetition, color, and words in books that encourage them to participate. Experience the joys of reading aloud to your child by starting them off with this sampling of great picture books for babies and toddlers.