Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Books for One-Year-Olds about Spring

My daughter is a book lover! If you add up the minutes that we spend reading together during the course of each day it would probably add up to multiple hours. She loves to interact with the books, point at her favorite characters (doggies and duckies are her current obsession), say new words, touch and feel the textures, and turn the pages. 

Today I am sharing five of our favorite Spring themed books for one-year-olds. Each book is a board book and has some element that allows the little ones to interact with the book. 

Karen Katz's books are favorites at our house because the pictures are so colorful and they allow the little reader to interact with the books in simple ways. Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs? is a book that has baby hunting for her Easter eggs. This is a lift-the-flap book filled with Spring images and some sparkly Easter eggs that kids will love to touch.

Wouldn't it be fun to make Mystery Egg Shakers for your toddler to explore along with this book?

Baby Loves Spring is another fabulous Karen Katz book. Baby takes a walk and discovers many springtime creatures like robins and butterflies. This book is also a lift-the-flap book and is a great one for introducing the concept of simple predictions to your toddler.

You could make these simple dot marker tulips with your toddler to welcome Spring after you read this book!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm is a lot of fun when it is illustrated and in a book. This book is filled with little holes as you make your way through the story and are introduced to the new animals. My daughter loves touching each animal while we read/sing about it. The text is smaller than I would like, but I love the way the book introduces animal sounds... and we love the little holes!

Playing with silly stackers is another favorite way that we talk about farm animals. You just need some little animals and some empty play-doh containers.

Peep, Peep, I Love You is another lift-the-flap book. It introduces four different mommy animals and their babies. The illustrations are really cute (filled with little hearts and bright spring colors) and the book ends with the line, "There are many mommies and babies on the far, it's true. But my favorite baby in the world is... you!" My daughter loves this part in the story when I give her a hug and a kiss and tell her how much I love her. The cover is soft and squishy, which is also fun to touch.

This baby animal movement activity would be a great way to get little toddlers running around and learning about mommy and baby animals. This can be adapted for little toddlers by just saying the baby animal name and running together to find the card and sit or jump on it. 

Hugs and Kisses is a simple book where a little doggy goes around learning about hugs and kisses from different farm animals. This book seems Spring-y to me since it has farm animals and baby animals in it. Each page has a different textured spot based on the animal that is featured. My daughter loves the fluffy body of the little dog on the first two pages. The book ends with the baby discovering that his mommy's kiss is his favorite of all!

This spring shape and texture matching activity is fun for older toddlers and could be adapted for younger ones. This glittery textured egg could also be a great springtime texture activity for little toddlers.

What are your favorite books for one-year-olds?

Are there any fabulous Spring-themed toddler books that I need to add to my list?  


  1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Pat the Bunny

  2. I am backhoe ....its my toddler favorite book

  3. We just shared a few more that are more Bunny specific like Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, The Runaway Bunny along with lots of activities for your One Year Olds. http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/03/baby-time-easter-activities-crafts-and.html


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