What Children Like in Books

0 - 12 Months

    Child sitting on floor reading.
  • Board books or fold-out books that can be propped up
  • Books with pictures of babies
  • Books with simple, large pictures
  • Books with simple pictures of people or familiar objects
  • Plastic or vinyl books for bath time
  • Washable cloth books that can be held and placed in the mouth
  • Books with black-and-white pictures or patterns

12 - 24 Months

  • Small, sturdy board books that small hands can hold
  • Books about bedtime
  • Books with photos of children doing familiar things like sleeping or playing
  • Books about saying hello and good-bye
  • Books with a few words on each page
  • Books with simple rhymes or predictable text
  • Books about animals
  • Books with simple, geometric shapes
  • Nursery rhymes

2 - 3 years

  • Books that tell simple stories and have pictures with more details
  • Simple rhyming books they can memorize
  • Books about bedtime
  • Books about counting, shapes or sizes
  • Interactive books – pop-up pages, pull-the-tab and touch-and-feel books
  • Silly or funny books
  • Books with repetition in story or a repeated phase
  • Stories with predictable text
  • Songs in a book format
  • Books with sounds they can imitate like animal or car sounds or musical instruments
  • Alphabet books with simple, clear pictures of each letter

4 - 5 years

    Girl selecting book.
  • Books with a plot – a beginning, middle and end
  • Simple science books about how things work
  • Silly or funny books
  • Books about things in which they have a special interest
  • Books about friends, families and other children
  • Books about going to school
  • Books with simple text they can memorize or read
  • Simple non-fiction books
  • Books that address a common fear or concern like being afraid of the dark
  • Wordless picture books
  • Books with a cumulative or sequential plot like the Three Billy Goats Gruff by Glen Rounds or If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff

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Library Director Jessica Hudson talking with boys about their new books.

Library Director Jessica Hudson talking with boys about their new books.

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