Toddler Books That Are So Fun, They Won't Know They're Learning

One parenting staple any family home cannot be without: A collection of books that introduces a love for the written word and makes learning fun — even if kids don’t realize it.

We’ll never grow tired of classic children’s favorites like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mog the Forgetful Cat and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, but there are plenty more you can add to your collection. These toddler books have it all: riveting stories, wonderful illustrations, and opportunities to provide valuable lessons that help kids develop self-confidence and (gently) learn life lessons, along with useful skills like counting.

There are so many benefits to reading: The activity exposes kids to language, expands their vocabulary and listening skills, and enhances their creativity. Plus, studies show that infants who are exposed to reading are likely to be ahead of their peers when it comes to elementary-school vocabulary and reading. The act of reading also boosts the parent-child bond, especially when adults pause to discuss the illustrations or storylines, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Our curated list includes something for everyone — a throwback book you might have enjoyed as a child, a spooky read that encourages children to count, and an interactive story that depends on tactile participation and an understanding of the five senses. Of course, don’t forget that any reading is educational — whether you’re teaching ABCs and 123s or not!

So, scroll, shop, and stock your kids’ bookshelf with these educational-and-fun books. It’s never too early!

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