The following list include a number of colorful, silly and engaging books that promote language development for young children. Consider these options when purchasing books for your own children or for a loved one.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? -Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
This is a classic for many reasons. The repetitive language is a wonderful way to promote language development. Children can learn the names of different animals and colors. The pronoun “I” is introduced as well as the verb “see.”
Parents and therapists can make animal sounds with the child throughout the story to assist in the development of early speech sounds. Signs for the names of each animal can also be introduced throughout the book.
Moo Baa La La La -Boynton, Sandra
This fun book is a great way for busy children to engage in storybook time. Children participate in a quick and enjoyable way to learn to produce early sounds including “b” and “m.”
First 100 Words -Priddy, Roger
This is a great book for expanding a child’s vocabulary. Parents and therapists are able to target receptive and expressive language using the large and colorful pictures. Each page displays pictures separated into categories (e.g., colors, foods and animals).
Parents can talk about the different pictures (e.g. color, shape and size), have the child verbally label familiar objects and have the child point to pictures upon request (e.g. “Where’s the ball?”).
Where’s Spot? -Hill, Eric
Interactive books do a great job at teaching new vocabulary words and make answering questions fun. With this book, children can learn prepositions, learn how to respond to “wh” questions and predict outcomes.
That’s Not My Puppy -Watt, Fiona
“That’s Not My Puppy” is a simple yet fun way to get children engaged in a story. Aside from being an exciting “touchy-feely” book, children have the opportunity to learn the early sound of “p” with this repetitive story.
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