NAEYC’s Book Recommendations for Infants and Toddlers


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Those who have worked with infants and toddlers will often find themselves reading the same stories over and over again. While everyone has their favorites, these books could make great additions to your collection and will add variety to your curriculum. The following books are recommended by NAEYC, and you can read more about them by visiting their website here.

NAEYC notes that “many of these books are available in Spanish, and can be purchased as a hardcover, paperback, or board book.”

Families by Rena D. Grossman

This nonfiction board book shows human and animal families in familiar daily routines, such as eating, bathing, sleeping, and showing love. Side by side, on each page, children will see colorful photographs of human and animal faces are engaging in the same activities to display our connections to each other and to animals.

My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor

Wendell Minor’s simple and lively story about the animals on the farm will be enjoyed by infants and toddlers as the story shares interesting facts about each animal through joyful rhyme. Children have a natural curiosity about farm animals, and this story offers a perfect opportunity for them to learn more about these creatures.

¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes, written by Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy, and Alice Schertle and illustrated by Vivi Escriva

This book contains 29 rhymes and nursery songs from Spain and Latin America, compiled by the authors. The story also includes English adaptions by Alice Schertle. Each page is beautifully and simply illustrated with only one poem or rhyme, making this developmentally appropriate to read with infants and toddlers. This book is a great way to introduce different languages into your curriculum, in an authentic and engaging way.

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