books for one year olds

Books for One Year Olds

By Polly Conner

books for one year olds

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My 14 month old has recently become very interested in books. There are very few things that will keep her attention at this age but I’ve found that when we find the right book, she will sit still in my lap and flip pages as we read together. After reading about the importance of reading to little ones it only makes me want to encourage this new found interest of hers.

Finding books my one year old liked was pretty much guesswork. I had no clue what would capture (or lose) her attention. After some trial and error, I have some baby tested and approved books. I make no promises that your one year old will like these but I can personally say that my one year old loved the following books. Hopefully this list will help you buy some books that your little one will like or give you some gift ideas.

Books for One Year Olds

The Wide Mouthed Frog

I start with this recommendation because it is my daughter’s absolute favorite. She loves the images and pop-ups. She likes the big pages and voices we do along with it as we read it. This recommendation does come with a warning: she is one and loves to grab things so she has managed to tear up a few of the pop ups but even with the damage, she loves the book all the same.


With its oversize flaps and bright, bold illustrations my daughter loved to explore this book of animals. As with any one year old with paper pages, she did manage to rip a few pages but this was one of her favorites despite the damage her excitement resulted in.

Eight Silly Monkeys

Eight Silly Monkeys features full-color illustrations, a charming rhyme, and innovative die-cutting to reveal silly, touchable monkeys on each page. I personally like this book as well because I remember the rhyme from my preschool days.

Numbers Colors Shapes

This book is bright, colorful, and fun to look at. It has pictures that are familiar to my daughter so we often practice identifying different shapes and animals.

Peekaboo, Blueberry!

Peekaboo, Blueberry Book

I almost made the mistake of selling this book in a garage sale. When my little lady got her hands on Peekaboo, Blueberry, her life has never been the same. It’s colorful and has fold-down flaps that lead the reader to play peekaboo with their new friend, Blueberry! This one is probably her second favorite right now.

Like I mentioned before, I can’t promise that your one year old will like these books as much as mine has. I’m pulling my recommendations simply from what she has been exposed to and what she has liked. I have no doubt there are thousands of other books out there that she would love if she encountered then. So that leaves me with a question for you readers: What books does (or did) YOUR little one love? I’m always looking for recommendations!!


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  1. Brooke says:

    These are great suggestions! My one year old absolutlely loves books. We have been reading to him since he was born. His favorite book is “Where’s Spot” a-lift-the-flap book. Like your daughter, my son managed to rip several of the flaps off but I taped them back on and he still loves it. If I ask him where’s spot he immediately starts to squeal and heads for his bookshelf. His second favorite is “Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?” I make the sounds to every animal on each page and he will turn and look at me as if he’s asking me “aren’t you going to make the sound?” I can’t wait to try the peek a zoo book and the frog book you have suggested! Thanks 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    These are great recommendations! My two-year-old has the eight silly monkeys book and has loved it since he was a baby. It’s so cute!