When my children were young, one of my favorite things to do with them was sit with a pile of board books. I still have stacks and stacks of them that I cannot bear to part with, and I now get to use them with my clients! 

Now that I work with young children I absolutely love educating and coaching families on all the fun ways we can support speech and language growth through book reading. By engaging in book activities, you are not only building foundational literacy skills, but it is also possible to target attention, turn-taking, expressive language, receptive language and even speech production goals!   

Below are some of my favorite books; these were chosen based on their repetitive, predictable nature which often leads to greater participation because children begin to guess what comes next. Repetitive books have a pattern to them and allow for greater engagement. But the truth is, with some creativity and thinking on your feet, any book can be exciting to a toddler! 

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss

By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Care

By Rod Campbell

By Sue Williams

By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

By Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

By Margaret Wise Brown