Best Books For 1 Year Olds You Should Read For Your Child | Themidnightgarden

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Reading is one of the best things you can do with children if you want them to have a great start in life and grow up with active minds, boundless imaginations and large vocabularies.

Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school are exposed to reading before preschool. It builds their attention span, listening skills, thinking skills (such as cause and effect) and their understanding of colors, shapes, numbers, letters, people, relationships and situations. It also sets a foundation for later in life as reading problems can be hard to fix the longer you leave them.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

What’s the story: Every child should experience this wonderful, cumulative story, with its brightly coloured pictures of the tiny but greedy caterpillar that eats his way through one apple, two plums and three pears and much more, before turning into a beautiful butterfly on the very last page.

Why we love it: It is now over 40 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published. So popular is it that there is a Very Hungry Caterpillar Day celebration every year on 20th March. This is a much-loved classic but still relevant today that’s immensely satisfying for parents and children. Available in hardback, paperback, board book, giant boardbook (with a caterpillar toy big enough to poke its way through the cut out holes in the pages), means there’s a variety of ways to introduce your little one to this most loved of children’s book.


A classic. Harry is a dog who hates baths and runs away from home at bath time and gets very dirty. But then he decides to go home, only to find his family no longer recognises him. This is a book I love for the drawings and story. I love the coal chute, the grocer, the cafe, the innocence of this world. I like that books can transport readers to other worlds and times and that this can also be true of board books.

Moo Baa La La La

Get ready for some serious silliness as you mimic animal sounds throughout this book. Starting with cows and sheep and going on to a horse, dog, and cat, among other animals — your baby will be laughing all the way. With its content, it is definitely the best books for 1 year old. 

This little book is a fun way to introduce babies to different animals and the sounds they make.


Your little one will soon learn some essential first words and pictures with this bright board book. There are 100 color photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 simple first words to read and learn, too.

Peek-A-WhoCheck Price

This colorful book is full of cleverly hidden animals (and a train) and the sounds they make. It starts with, “Peek-a…,” but rather than lift a flap, you turn to the next page to find the answer.

With repetitive phrases and rhyming words, this book offers your child the opportunity to participate in the reading. Plus, they’ll enjoy making the funny sounds.

Each Peach Pear Plum

What’s the story: Play ‘I spy’ with the characters hiding in the pictures. A poem on each page gives the clue as to what is hiding in the picture opposite. In the happy finale, the whole cast meets up for plum pie in the sun, where the little one on your lap will gleefully find everyone.

Why we love it: There’s no disappointment in an Ahlberg book, ever, with the combination of Janet’s fantastic drawings that fill the page in rich detail, and Allan’s clever rhymes and catchy word plays. The deserved winner of the 1978 Kate Greenaway Award, Each Peach Pear Plum is filled with beloved nursery characters from Mother Hubbard to Baby Bunting. Baby will delight in pointing out the characters sneakily hiding in the pictures. I love this best books for one year olds and I think all the children agree. 

Doing the Animal Bop

By Jan Ormerod, illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner, published by OUP, RRP £5.99

What’s the story: Prepare yourself for a riotous animal romp that will have you and your young ones stamping their feet and joining in with gusto. Waddle like a penguin, stomp around like a rhino and wiggle like a monkey with this hugely entertaining, interactive and playful book.

Why we love it: You won’t be sure who enjoys this book more (you or your child) as you both jive, jiggle and jump around to this fantastic book that gets everyone moving. This book is also available with a CD for those who want that extra animal bopping experience.

All Join In

What’s the story: Simple rhymes and Quentin Blake’s prominent drawings convey the various sorts of noises that children love but drive tired adults slightly doolally. Trumpets are blown, drum-kits are bashed and dust bins are kicked to create a rollicking, thumping, stomp of a read. Wear earplugs and prepare for the loud din.

Why we love it: It’s all about noise and interaction which one year olds adore and respond to with great zest. Parents will sympathise with the illustrated adults on various pages looking rather weary and desperate for peace. However, this is such an infectiously joyful book that it would be difficult not to smile however many times its read and however noisy it gets. A quiet house is a boring one, right?

This is the list of best books for 1 year olds that all parents should read for your child. 

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