Series for the Littlest Ones

October 30, 2009

It's no secret that young children learn best through repetition. Children love to hear the same stories, sing the same songs, and play the same games over and over again. This repetition gives young children a sense of security. Series books, with their recurring characters and familiar writing styles, are perfect for young children. The best part? When a child falls in love with a character, it's nice to know there are more books featuring their favorites. Here are some of the best series books for the youngest children:

The classic Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and along with The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Clumsy Click Beetle it provides your child with a wonderful introduction to nature and insects. The best part of these books (well, for your child at least!) is that they are all interactive in some way. The basic storylines and unique illustrations will earn these books a special spot on your child's bookshelf.

From cleaning up to going to bed, Maisy the mouse does everything that your child does! The Maisy series of books by Lucy Cousins are a great tool to introduce your child to new situations. They contain simple text and bright, childlike illustrations that are sure to delight even the littlest of readers.

After reading Elmer, the story of a patchwork elephant who learns it's best to just be yourself, your child will surely want to check out the other books in the series (by David Mckee) to see what else Elmer is up to.

Where's Spot is a book that you may remember from your childhood. It was first published in 1980 and continues to delight young children nearly 30 years later. Children love Spot because he's just like them - he loves to explore and have fun. Full of flaps to lift, every book in Eric Hill's Spot series is like a game of hide and seek that's sure to keep your child guessing. Like every good book for the very young, the stories are basic, with few words on each page, so don't be suprised if your child starts "reading" the book to you!

Introduce your child to poetry with the Miss Spider books by David Kirk. Your chlid will learn letters, counting, and virtues all while falling in love with the silly spider and her insect friends.

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