5 Best Early-Reader Book Series for Toddlers

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I love buying books for kids instead of toys, and when it comes to buying books for toddlers, there are some excellent choices that can do two things for the price of one.

I like stories that will keep them engaged and interested while at the same time slowly introducing them to the concepts of sounds, alphabet, and recognizing words. It's through reading that you can help your child develop a love for reading and strengthen their own reading when it comes time for that.

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If you're looking to grow your child's literary collection, here are five book series that will keep them interested and can help develop their language and reading skills at the same time.

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BOB Books

Once I discovered the BOB Books collection, I wondered how I ever thought I would get my kids interested in reading without them. This book collection grows with your child and their reading abilities, and each of the stories contains familiar characters.

While the story lines aren't super developed as far as plot goes, the words they use will quickly help your child recognize letters and simple word combinations, and before you know it, they'll be reading to you!

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Dr. Seuss

You can't have a collection of great book options for young kids and not include Dr. Seuss books! They're wildly fun to read and to listen to, and no other book series I've come across can capture fun rhymes and whimsical stories quite like Dr. Seuss can. I bet that your child will quickly determine their favorite book and, in no time, you'll have all the pages memorized.

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Max and Ruby

Despite my own personal feelings about Max and Ruby (the TV show), the books offer great entertainment and education for young kids. The stories are ones that interest the toddler age group because it's fun for them to see what kind of trouble Max will get into (and how Ruby will fix it). They're great to read to young kids and are equally great books for them to slowly start reading on their own.

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Princess Smartypants

This book series is smaller compared to some of the other ones on this list, but they're all super fun for toddlers and slightly older kids. The story follows a girl, Princess Smartypants, and her adventures capture toddlers' attention and make them crave story time.

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Dick and Jane

Growing up, I learned to read using this book collection, and it has proven that it can stand the test of time. The stories are engaging enough to keep your young kids interested, and they're repetitive enough to teach them as they listen. As a parent, I find that reading them never gets old either.

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What is your favorite early-reader book collections that you read to your toddler? Share in the comments!

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5 Best Early-Reader Book Series for Toddlers

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