How to Choose Books

Choosing Books for Children

Infants 6-12 Months Like:

  • Board books with photos of babies 
  • Brightly colored board books to touch and taste 
  • Books with pictures of familiar objects – balls, bottles 
  • Small books sized for small hands

Younger Toddlers 12-24 Months Like:

  • Sturdy board books they can handle and carry 
  • Books with photos and pictures of children doing familiar things – sleeping, eating, playing 
  • Goodnight books for bedtime 
  • Books about saying goodbye and hello 
  • Books with only a few words on the page 
  • Books with simple rhymes or predictable text

Older Toddlers 24-36 Months Like:

  • Books with board pages –but also books with paper pages
  • Silly books and funny books
  • Rhymes, rhythms, repetitious text-books they can learn by heart
  • Books about children and families
  • Books about making friends
  • Books about food
  • Books about animals
  • Books about trucks
  • Word books

Pre-Schoolers 3-5 Years Like:

  • Books that tell stories
  • Books about kids that look like them and live like them-but also books about different places and different ways of living
  • Books about going to school, books about making friends
  • Books with simple text they can memorize
  • Counting books, alphabet books, vocabulary books