• 13 Books That Will Help Develop Your Child's Skills

    Want your little one to be a better listener or become more sociable? There's a book for that!
    by Andrea Herrera .
  • From the time a baby is born, there are countless skills to be developed and milestones to be reached. And, with each step, books are excellent for helping children learn and develop the skills that they need.

    Books can be particularly helpful for toddlers and preschoolers – there is nothing quite like a good story to help you in targeting certain skills that your child might need help with. Not only will these books provide a lot of learning, they are great for spending time and bonding with your child.

    Whether you want your child to develop his speech, listening skills, or even fine motor skills, here are some books that are worth grabbing for a story time.

    Listening skills
    1. The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

    The Listening Walk

    If you would like to encourage your child to learn how to be quiet and just listen, then this book is for him! This book is about a young girl who takes a walk with her father and her dog Major. The walk is a listening walk where they simply take a walk without talking to each other and while listening to various sounds around them. Aside from making your child imagine the different sounds described in the book, it also ends by asking her to close the book, close her eyes, and just listen to the sounds around her.

    2. The Magic School Bus, In The Haunted Museum: A Book About Sound by Linda Beech

    The Magic School Bus

    For the young fans of The Magic School Bus book series, this one is a must! In this book, Ms. Frizzle’s music class learns a lot about sounds and how they are made. Not only will young children learn to appreciate listening to various sounds, the older ones will also be fascinated with the science of how sounds are made.

    3. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker

    Lacey Walker

    This book features Lacey Walker who loves to talk and how she learned the importance of listening when she lost her voice – making this the perfect book if you want your own nonstop talker to learn how to listen.
        

    4. The Worst Day of My Life Ever! by Julia Cook

    The Worst Day of My Life Ever!

    Winner of the 2011 MOM’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence and the National Parenting Center’s ‘Seal of Approval’, this book is a first in the Best ME I Can Be!, a series of books that teach children social skills. The book is about a particularly rough day in the life of RJ and how he encountered various problems throughout the day by not listening. Not only will your child learn the importance of listening with this book, but he will also learn the value of following directions.

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    Social skills
    1. What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

    What if Everybody Did That?

    Mindfulness is a trait that can be quite difficult to teach to children. This book can be a good way to show your child the importance of thinking of other people around him. Addressing thoughtless behavior will be easier with the help of this book.

    2. I Can’t Believe You Said That! by Julia Cook

    I Can't Believe You Said That!

    Another book in Julia Cook’s award-winning Best ME I Can Be book series, this one will help you address rude comments, thoughtless remarks, and insensitive answers. It is quite natural for some kids to be unabashed in how they express themselves. Reading this storybook with your child can help him learn that thinking before saying anything is a better option.

    3. Mind Your Manners: In School by Arianna Candell

    Mind Your Manners In School

    If you have a preschooler or you are just preparing your child to start going to school, then this book is for you. A treasure trove of scenarios that shows good behavior and proper manners when in school, this book shows young students making mistakes and learning how to correct and avoid the errors. Plus points for parents are the included guidelines that will help in addressing specific scenarios and behaviors.


    Communication skills (Speech and Language)
    1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Books that have repetitive text are excellent for helping young children understand and remember the words that are in the story. This book is sure to be a favorite and expect to have to read it with your child many times over – with her automatically joining in with the parts that she is sure to remember.

    2. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

    Dear Zoo

    This book has been around since 1987 and is one of the most popular picture books for toddlers. With zoo animals and the element of surprise, your toddler will not be able to keep himself from calling out the animal under the flap. This book will let you have hours of fun with your little one while helping develop his speech and language skills.

    3. Green Eggs  and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    Green Eggs and Ham

    Any children’s book list will not be complete without a Dr. Seuss and this is one of the more popular ones. Another book that is considered a classic, having been in circulation since 1960, not only will this help in improving your child’s speech and language skills, but it will also teach him to play with words and to be imaginative.

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    Gross motor skills
    1. From Head To Toe by Eric Carle

    From Head to Toe

    From the author of the popular book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this book will encourage your little one to stomp her foot like an elephant or wave her arms like a monkey. Be ready for a very physical and active story time with your child.

    2. Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga by Rebecca Whitford

    Little Yoga

    If you are a yoga enthusiast or even if you are still just thinking of getting started with yoga, then this book is a must for you and your child. The book contains nine simple yoga exercises that your little one can start with. Even toddler will have a good time just browsing through the pages of the book. There is even a guide for parents and educators.

    3. Everyone Can Learn To Ride A Bicycle by Chris Raschka

    Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle

    It can be difficult to encourage your child to try new physical activities that seem challenging. Although the book focuses on one important physical milestone for kids – riding a bicycle - this will help you teach your child to get the courage and determination to try and learn new things, particularly activities that are physically challenging.


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