Most of all I recommend the wonderful My Very First Mother Goose board book series, illustrated by Rosemary Wells.
Toddlers are ready to listen to a story without grabbing the book or tearing the pages, but they might not be ready for a long story.
” Just a few months later, she began paging through books on her own. Those early rhymes gave her a love for books which she hasn’t lost!
Listening to nursery rhymes strengthens kids’ ability to hear the sounds in words.
When children do finger plays (think “Itsy Bitsy Spider”) and act out other rhymes (like “Jack Jumped Over a Candlestick”), they can even improve muscle strength!
(The above picture is part of a set of free finger puppets I’ll be sharing beginning tomorrow… ) Silly rhymes and nonsensical verse are appealing to kids. Shortly after I published this post, Heidisongs released these singable nursery rhymes!
When we read an illustrated version of “Jack and Jill,” we teach our preschoolers that there was life before indoor plumbing.
“Jack Jumped over a Candlestick” gives a glimpse into a world without electricity.
When you share nursery rhymes that knew as a child, you can have that same joy.
Besides connecting our children to our own childhood, nursery rhymes can provide a quick history lesson.