Tips for selecting the best books for your kids. Here is a simple guide to the kinds of books most suitable for children at different ages.

Infants (6-12 months)

  • Board books with photos of babies
  • Sturdy, brightly-colored board books to touch and taste
  • Books with pictures of things they see every day - balls, bottles, chairs, dogs
  • Small books sized for small hands

Younger Toddlers (12-24 months)

  • Sturdy board books they can handle and carry
  • Books that show children doing familiar things - sleeping,  eating, playing
  • Goodnight books for bedtime
  • Books about saying goodbye and hello
  • Books with only a few words on the page
  • Books with simple rhymes or predictable text

Older Toddlers (24-36 months)

  • Books with pictures and names of many different things
  • Books with board pages - but also books with paper pages
  • Silly books and funny books
  • Books with rhyme and rhythm, and repeated text they can learn by heart
  • Books about children and families
  • Books about food, animals, trucks, and other

Preschoolers (3-5 years)

  • Books that tell stories
  • Books about kids who look like and live like them - and books about different places and different ways of living
  • Books about going to school or daycare
  • Books about making friends
  • Books with simple text they can memorize
  • Counting books, alphabet books, search and find books