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Best Children's Books For The Early Years

Updated on January 21, 2015

The Best Children's Books For The Early Years

I'll share with you a few of the best books my grandson enjoyed. The best children's books last through the ages, and there are some very good books being written today. These books make great Gifts.

I'll list some of my favorite along with award winning books that I haven't read. I especially enjoy reading the books that encourage interaction.

You can help me create a list by telling me about any book you like that I haven't listed in the Guestbook on this page.!

It's never too early to start reading to your children. Even when they don't understand the words, they start listening to the sounds of language, giving them a head start on their language development and understanding.

Photo: This is my Grandson eating His First Book!

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Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs DVD
Signing Time Volume 1: My First Signs DVD

I started using this with my grandson when he was 6 months old. Signing opens a whole world of communication with these little pre-verbal beings.


Baby Signing Time - Order Now Baby's First DVD

My Grandson Loved This Video

You can watch this on instant video, but I think you will be happier having your own copy so you can review it whenever you want to.

Signing Time Volume 2 - 3

A customer review:of the second DVD reads " I purchased volumes 1-3 of the Signing Time video series a few weeks ago. While volume very good, volumes 2 ("Playtime Signs" ) and 3 ("Everyday Signs") are even better."

For the New Mom & Dad

Teach your child to love words! Children actually understand words long before they are able to talk. They will communicate with sign language before they are able to communicate with words.

Select Books For Different Ages

"Did you know that the human's emotional growth follows a very specific pattern... unlike some other areas of growth it's rarely accelerated (though can be stunted) and we don't skip stages... this can make selecting books for different ages exciting in very interesting ways!" ~~Mary K

"Under a year of age, your baby is more likely to try to put a book in her mouth than to turn its pages. But that doesn't mean it's too soon to make reading a part of your little one's life. Exposing babies to books in the first year is crucial to their intellectual and emotional growth."

~Pamela Kramer

Baby's First Books - From Parents.Com

Begin storytime at a young age to bond with your child and give him or her a head start on learning.

Research shows that reading to infants can help jump-start brain development. It also shows that reading to an infant can even make them more receptive to learning.

Baby's First Books - Birth to 18 months

Reading aloud to your baby teaches him or her to recognize that different sounds have different meanings. Accourding to Marilyn Segal, Ph.D., this is the foundation of speech and comprehension. Dr. Segal is the dean emeritus of the Institute for Early Childhood Studies at Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale

The following books not only teach the child words for the things they see in their environment, but can be used for fun play interaction.

Elmo For Babies Make Great Gifts

Every little one loves Elmo! So do parents! Your child will enjoy you reading to these books to them over and over.

Read to Your Kids

Reading to your child from an early age creates a positive association with books, and that encourages a lifelong love of reading and learning.

"Being held on your lap and hearing your voice during regular reading sessions gives your baby a sense of stability and security," says Betty Ann Watson, Ed.D., director of early-childhood education at Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas."

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Sesame Street - Fiesta!
Sesame Street - Fiesta!

Jim Henson's Muppets devote most of the 30-minute show to singing and dancing during eight Spanish/English tunes featuring special performances by Linda Ronstadt and Celia Cruz.


Sesame Street - Fiesta! DVD Rules At Grandma's House

Fiesta means party in Spanish, and your little one will watch this video over and over. Pulsating with activity, this upbeat preschool program featuring Latino songs will have your child dancing and singing along.

Books that encourage interaction are great for the young child. They are so busy exploring and discovering, they especially enjoy when you join in!

"Picture books with bright, simple images provide visual stimulation that enhances your child's cognitive skills: Pointing out objects and talking about them with your baby--"See those yellow socks? They're just like the yellow socks on your feet!"--helps her link names with specific objects and shows her that what she sees in books exists in real life." ~~Pamela Kramer,

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Read by Bill Martin

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Children love to be read to. Read to your child every day. :)

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      It's good if we can teach our kids to have a reading habit as early as possible.

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      RuntFarmSeries 8 years ago

      This is a very helpful lens. You've shared some great information and resources. I'd love for you to visit my lens when you have the chance.

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      MaryK LM 8 years ago

      Hi! I have a crazy passion for books and reading. Including books for children!!! Many years ago I participated on a panel to select children's books for a book club specifically designed for emotional appeal at different ages.

      Did you know that the human's emotional growth follows a very specific pattern... unlike some other areas of growth it's rarely accelerated (though can be stunted) and we don't skip stages... this can make selecting books for different ages exciting in very interesting ways! ;-)

      Beautiful lens... Thanks!

      ~~Mary K

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      Child_Health 9 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! You share a lot of great books and information here. When you get the chance, I'd love it if you'd stop by my lens on child health books and say hello.

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      Debbie Hawkins 9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Nice - I've made a page on parents and child's favorite books for you to check out!

      Favorite Childrens Books

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      poutine 9 years ago

      My two sons had a favorite book when they were little.

      Goodnight Moon.

      I don't know how many times I read it to them and they read it themselves.

      I had to buy another copy as it was too worn out, this one will be very useful when the grandchildren come.


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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a real nice lens with wonderful reading ideas. Nice Job.

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      francisim 9 years ago

      Welcome to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group

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      5 stars for your great lens!

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      Margaret_McKinney 9 years ago

      I'm not a parent, but I've given my niece and nephew 100's of books. I read everything first. Fortunately, they are still young so I'm still ahead of them in my reading. Because of all the books I've acquired for them I started two websites of my own. 1st has art and music (books, CD's DVD's). 2nd has reading, math, history, and science books. Margaret

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      midaste 10 years ago

      Nice lens. I have a free ebook you can check out and some of my favorite books for my child on the following lens:

       My Son’s Favorite Books

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      SMurphy 10 years ago

      Hi Pat

      A well set out lens, with lots of useful links.

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      Cheryl Paton 10 years ago from West Virginia

      My daughter still likes for me to read to her, she is 17. I've added this to the lensroll on

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      KCStargazer 11 years ago

      Thanks for the great info Pat! The choices can sometimes be overwhelming- this is very helpful. Welcome to Squid Ink: Art of the Sea Pen Writers Group!

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      anonymous 11 years ago

      Valuable lens. I have always found reading with my own children to be a huge blessing. Thanks :-)

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      Cheryl Paton 11 years ago from West Virginia

      Hi Pat, Nice info! My daughter's favorite books when she was little was Home For a Bunny and Good Night Moon.