Reading Books to kids: Animal Theme Toddler Books

Reading Books to kids: Animal Theme Toddler Books

Both Tuggu n Mommy are crazy for books, And we started our readings with Animals. Here;’s how we started and progressed to some interesting Toddler Books.

I had introduced names of various animals and their sounds to #LittleTuggu when he was around 6 months old. That was my trick to entertained him, while I struggle to fit him in the Cloth Diapers (initial struggle days, you know). It takes a little while to get the right fit. Well, now It can be done with just one hand. But if he just corporate to lie still while I finish the work.



 

How did we start Reading early?

As I said, we started early. Around 5-6 months is the right time to introduce books to infants when they have a better vision and can identify better. Though I strongly believe that reading is something a personal choice and like Adults, few kids may like it or may not. So I would suggest to take it slow. Even an attention of 5-10 minutes is more than enough. 

 

How did we get to Toddler Reading?

We started reading with Picture Board Books from a local stationery store. I clearly remember we had a book on Fruits and another one on Animals. And that’s how our reading journey began. Then we had all kind of board books from Colours to Shapes, from First Words to Numbers, from Transport Vehicles to Construction Vehicles.

Then came all the Touch and Feel Books from Amazon and Flipkart, which are a set of colourful pictures with difficult kind of textures for babies to touch and feel. These kinds of books are known to improve their sensory play at that young age. And well who says no to colourful pictures.
 

Our Favorite Toddler Books: Themes

Around his first Birthday, I started buying some picture Storybooks for my son. The bright colourful pictures were good enough to keep him interested and hooked for several readings. Since he had interest in animals, I proceeded to books which segregated Farm Animals, Domestic,Wild Animals and  sea Creatures

1. Toddler Books on Farm Animals
Sound Books, Toddler Book, Books Suggestions
Sound Book- Penelope Pig ; Hens Don’t Crow!
Our current board books on farm animals, including the one in this picture ‘Penelope Pig’, this one is our first and only soundbook. As you can see, there is a button to play the sound of the pig. This is also connected to the story of the book. And the sound needs to be played along with the story of Penelope who gets excited and snurfs– (Oink..Oink..) while playing along with his other fellow farm mates and ruin the game for himself. But nevertheless, he finds a happy ending in the book.

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🐄🐷🐎ANIMAL FARM🐑🐥🐰🐹 . . I had introduced animals along with their sounds  to  #LittleTuggu when he was around 6 months old. That was my trick  to entertained him, while I struggle to fit him in the cloth diapers (initial struggle days, you know 😃. It takes a little while to get the fit right. Now in can just do with one hand if he just corporate to lie still 🙄). To my surprize he quickly picked that up, and then we had a fun time making animal sounds while we change diapers. This also made our life easier while choosing theme for his first birthday. . . We started reading animal board books including the one in this picture 'Penelope Pig', that's a sound book. The sound need to played along with the story (but toddlers can play it whenever they like 🤣) Its a story of Penelope 🐷  who gets excited and snurfs-  Oink..Oink..while playing along with his other fellow farm mates and ruin the game for himself. But nevertheless he finds a happy ending. . Also, as we slowly graduated to paper backs, one of the other book we enjoy reading is also there in this frame – Hens don't crow!! Swipe to see the complete details. . This is also an excellent book for toddlers, which not only introduce various farm animals, their Sounds but also their home and bonus- an incredible message. Don't under estimate the power of a common hen🤣🤣. A superb strategy.. well, you should read the book to know more 😉😉 . . . This is my entry for 2nd prompt #LifeofRealMoms #BookishMomsAndBeyond #BookishMomsGoWild . . . . . . . #sharks #seacreatures #minireview #bookreview #kidsbook #booksforkids #hsl1ftday #toddlerbooks #RaisingaReader #booklover #loveforbooks📚

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Also, as we have slowly graduated to paperbacks, one of the other book from the same theme, we enjoy reading is also there in this frame – Hens don’t crow!! Check the lin for more. This is also an excellent book for toddlers, which not only introduce various farm animals, their Sounds but also talk about their homes. Bonus- an incredible message is passed along with the story. Don’t underestimate the power of a common hen. A superb strategy, she used. Well, you should read the book to know more.

2. Toddler Books on Sea Creatures

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🦈🐟 Fantastic Beasts 🐳🦂🐢🦑 . . Shark had sharp, pointed teeth. He looked scary and everyone hid from him. But he was always worried coz "No one wants to play with him". . So, he came up with an idea and sets off with a big bag, cunning plan and collects lots if terrified fish along the way… everyone was terrified feeling it's the end for them…. But.. SURPRISE The big fat shark surprised everyone. Not a usual and expected ending. But surely worth it. A good read for young toddlers to help them recognize some sea creatures and a good conversation starter. . Conversation starter because everyone always consider sharks as dangerous animal that look scary, but someone can't help what they look like. Right?? . It's the behaviour and intentions that matter. Everyone wants to make friends and we should always try to look beyond looks. . What do you think? Do let me know in comments below . . . This is my entry for 5th prompt #LifeofRealMoms #BookishMomsAndBeyond #BookishMomsGoWild . . . . . . . #sharks #seacreatures #minireview #bookreview #kidsbook #booksforkids #toddlerbooks #RaisingaReader #booklover #loveforbooks📚

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Shark had sharp, pointed teeth. He looked scary and everyone hid from him. But he was always worried coz “No one wants to play with him”. So, he came up with an idea and sets off with a big bag, cunning plan and collects lots if terrified fish along the way… everyone was terrified feeling it’s the end for them…. But.. SURPRISE

The big fat shark surprised everyone.

Not a usual and expected ending. but surely worth it. A good read for young toddlers to help them recognize some sea creatures and a good conversation starter book. Conversation starter because everyone always considers sharks as a dangerous animal that looks scary, but someone can’t help what they look like. Right?? It’s the behaviour and intentions that matter. Everyone wants to make friends and we should always try to look beyond looks. 

3. Toddler Books on Wild Animals

Perfect Hug, Toddlers Book, Books for kids
The Perfect Hug

Everyone loves hugs, and there are all sort if hugs in this book. There are hugs for strugglers and hugs for Hitler’s, hugs that are tricky and hugs that the prickly. But will you find the perfect But? Of course!!!

This book “Perfect Hugs” by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot, is a story about panda looking out to find the right hug for him. While on his journey to find his perfect hug, he finds various kinds of land, forest, water and space. In a simple poetics style, the book answers the curiosity a toddler might have comparing various kinds of animals and bugs. E.g. a spider has lots of arms on the other hand snail has none.

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🕸🕷Itsy Bitsy Spider 🕷🕸 . Everyone loves hugs, and there are all sort if hugs in this book.. . There are hugs for strugglers and hugs for Hitler's, hugs that are tricky and hugs that the prickly. . But will you find the perfect But? . Of course!!! . . . This book "Perfect Hugs" by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot, is story about panda looking out to find the right hug for him. While on his journey to find his perfwvt hig he find various kinds on land, forest, water and space. . In simple poetic way the book answers the curiosity a toddler might have comparing various kinds of animals and bugs. E.g. a spider has lots of arms on the other hand snail has none . . Also I believe while reading books, kids get to explore the colours and shapes of a bug, but while colouring or drawing, they get a much closer feel. While we draw- we talk colour, count it's legs, talk about the web it weaves. #AdditionalLearning . . What you think about it? Do let me know how you explain your kids these little things. . . #LifeofRealMoms #BookishMomsAndBeyond #BookishMomsGoWild . . . . . . . . #toddlersbook #booksforkids #bookreview #minireview #RaisingaReader #Raisingatoddler #lifeofpanda #perfecthug #2sssdayyy #likewithdg #be1andonly1 #mumbaimom #booksfortoddler #navimumbaimoms

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4. Toddler Books on Pet Animals

If I had a pet, it has to be a dog. Though my son is still young enough and the concept of a pet is not known to him. He has also spent less time at my parent’s where they have a dog. But he enjoys reading this book “I’ll teach my dogs a lot of words”, a bright and early Hard Paper Book by Michael Froth and illustrated by PD Eastman.

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If I had a pet, it has to be a dog. . Though my son is still young enough and the concept of pet is not known to him. He has also spent less time at my parent's where he have a dog. . But he enjoys reading this book "I'll teach my dogs a lot of words", a bright and early Board Book by Michael Froth and illustrated by PD Eastman. . . This is an interesting book which talks about how a dog is taught good manners, the difference between day and night, small and big. In addition the dog learns colours and day to day activities which you can relate well and teach your toddlers. . Not sure if it is age appropriate for my soon to be 2 year old. But I believe it all depends on how we read a certain book. And we have learnt how to catch ball, wash hands and toes, blow nose😂, scratch head 😁, toot a bugle and beat a drum…. interesting much.. isn't it?? . . . Ps. We got this book from #Amazon.in . . @lifeofrealmoms #LifeofRealMoms #BookishMomsAndBeyond #BookishMomsGoWild #raisingareader #toddlerbooks #kidsbooks #momswithcamera #navimumbaimom #mumbaimomblogger

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This is an interesting book which talks about how a dog is taught good manners, the difference between day and night, small and big. In addition, the dog learns colours and day to day activities which you can relate well and teach your toddlers.

Pet Animals, Toddler Books
I’ll Teach my Dog a lot of Words!!

Not sure if it is age appropriate for my soon to be 2 year old. But I believe it all depends on how we read a certain book. And we have learnt how to catch the ball, wash hands and toes, blow nose, scratch head, toot a bugle and beat a drum…. interesting much.. isn’t it??

Do let me know how you like the suggestions. Another current favourite theme we have is Vehicles- From Transport to Construction Vehicles. 

So Stay Tuned for some more interesting books coming your way!!

Happy (Toddler Books) Reading!!!

 

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  • shaandaarjenie

    October 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM Reply

    This is the most easy way to attract toddlers for reading. Making reading enjoyable is very imp and i will recommend this to my cousins too for their kids.

  • Richa Mina

    October 8, 2018 at 12:39 PM Reply

    illustration books are really a good way to grab attention of kids so that they could develop interest in reading… thanks for sharing the books with us..

  • Bushra

    October 8, 2018 at 12:22 PM Reply

    How Beautifully you introduce books to your kid. This way they’ll easily connect the habit of being with books and learn new things

  • Humaira Sadaf

    October 7, 2018 at 10:16 PM Reply

    Amazing and beautiful post. All the collections of animal books for kids are perfect. These books enhanced little ones to identify a better interactions. Great thoughts.

  • Nidhi Rawal Gautam

    October 7, 2018 at 9:46 PM Reply

    These books are really informative yet fun. I will recommend for the toddlers in my school.

  • Manmit

    October 7, 2018 at 3:33 PM Reply

    Such a relevant post! I am totally with you that kids need to befriend books in their initial years itself. These books definitely look cute, adorable and quite informative. Am sure, kids will enjoy their collection. As a parent, I will definitely buy them for my kids.

  • Mummasaurus

    October 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM Reply

    The books you recommended are very helpful. I’m sure my boys will love these.

  • Siddhi Palande aka book_gobbler

    October 7, 2018 at 11:31 AM Reply

    I introduced books to my baby at around 6 months like you mention. She does love to indulge in reading but she has come to a stage where tearing gives her immense pleasure. I never have tried the felt books but hardbound I usually carry with me to keep her busy.

  • Papri Ganguly

    October 7, 2018 at 8:49 AM Reply

    I also handed over this kind of picture books to my daughter in her early age. It really helped to build up her reading habit

  • Mrinal Kiran

    October 7, 2018 at 8:24 AM Reply

    I can say with 100% confidence that kids love animal based books because I loved them too! They are so much fun! I loved all the books you shared! Really helpful when looking for kids books!

  • Ashh G

    October 7, 2018 at 7:09 AM Reply

    These are some really lovely books. I bet tuggu enjoys them a lot. All kids love animal theme when they are toddlers.

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    October 7, 2018 at 6:44 AM Reply

    I have always loved reading books to my little one and animal themed books are his favourite.

  • Ritu Kalra

    October 6, 2018 at 11:49 PM Reply

    These are such cute books…I wish to get them all..definitely picture books are the best way to teach kids

  • Neha

    October 6, 2018 at 10:13 PM Reply

    These are some wonderful books. Do introduce your baby to the hungry caterpillar at the right age. It’s a wonderful book

  • Akanksha

    October 6, 2018 at 9:45 PM Reply

    These are some really lovely books. My son also enjoyed animal theme. Once they start Vehicle theme, it stays with boys. My son is going to 5 yr old in Jan and still loves anything that’s on construction vehicle or cars theme.

  • Charu Chittwal

    October 6, 2018 at 9:10 PM Reply

    It was damn engaged with the points mentioned in the blog, thank you for sharing such an amazing list of books for toddlers, will definitely share the same with my friends too

  • Deepa

    October 6, 2018 at 8:47 PM Reply

    Reading is a great habit for kids. I loved how you introduced kids to the habit of reading. I myself have many posts on the benefits of reading for kids and it is something which is close to my heart.

  • Amrita

    October 6, 2018 at 7:59 PM Reply

    Our family as a whole love reading books with big pictures.Plus we are animal lovers too.These are great for children indeed.

  • Ritu Kalra

    October 6, 2018 at 5:48 PM Reply

    These books are so cute that I want to become a child again…picture books are definetly the best way to teach kids..its fun while learning

  • Rima

    October 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM Reply

    Reading is a good habit and we should encourage our child for reading books. Children love colorful books so these books will be perfect for them.

  • Sayeri

    October 6, 2018 at 1:08 PM Reply

    wow these books are so cute and full of colors. Kids will love it. I will buy for my son also.

  • freemindtree

    October 6, 2018 at 8:59 AM Reply

    I also started for my infant in the form of Big picture books. These books look to be an awesome collection of infant and toddler books for getting them hooked on reading books rather than TV and mobile phone.

  • Priyal

    October 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM Reply

    This is something we all should add in our kid’s life, books are the best way to be their friends for life

  • Purva Bhatia

    October 6, 2018 at 8:24 AM Reply

    That’s a great habit you’ve formed, Gunjan. And I love your collection. I too have been reading to my 15 months baby since the very beginning.

  • nooranandchawla

    October 5, 2018 at 11:16 PM Reply

    I believe reading is the best habit you can inculcate in your children. We have been reading to my 2.5 year old since the day he arrived home from the hospital. You can also try Julia Donaldson, Susan Boynton and Eric Carle books. They are fantastic for toddlers! I will also check out the books you have suggested

    • Tuggu N Mommy

      October 6, 2018 at 1:21 AM Reply

      We have read Eric Carle, will try other two as well. but these are our current

  • Pooja Budhiraja

    October 5, 2018 at 10:26 PM Reply

    Reading and learning from picture books is always fun activity for children. I also do the same

  • Noorain

    October 5, 2018 at 8:27 PM Reply

    That’s some really insightful information on helping kids to read. I too agree on using soundbooks for starters

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