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Before getting into the list, let me tell you a small incident that happened a few weeks ago. My son loves the ‘ABC’ song. I started singing it to him from when he was just a baby, even as a lullaby (not kidding). It’s not because I wanted to teach him, but that was one of the few songs I learned from my cousin’s toddlers a while ago. Being a new mom, I was only beginning to learn lullabies and baby rhymes. Frankly, I was making use of anything that came helpful.
Children learn things fast. So now, my son has started saying a few words and can babble some rhymes. And guess what, he can sing ‘H I J K’ now. Don’t ask me why he found those four more interesting than all the other 22 alphabets. However, I was super proud of him. That day, while video chatting with my Amma(mom), I told her with beaming pride that her grandson can sing ‘H I J K’ now. But, to my surprise, her reaction was, ‘Why are you teaching him ABCs?! He isn’t even two!.’
I was disappointed and kept quiet. My mother continued, ‘Teach him simple words that will be helpful; about body parts and things you use daily. So that he can communicate and express feelings easily’. My feelings were hurt, but I agreed that she has a point. I know that the best way to teach my son is through rhymes and books. I did some research online and bought a few books, which could be helpful. We began reading those books, and he got familiar with body parts.
A few days later, while playing in our living room, he slipped over a toy and fell on his face. Nothing bad happened. But, he came to me and pointed near his eyes and said the word ‘eyes.’ He was trying to convey that it hurts around that area. I was so surprised, and at that moment, I couldn’t agree more with what my Amma said, ‘Teach him the words he can use to communicate and express his feelings.’
Why is it important to teach toddlers about their body parts?
- Increases their vocabulary.
- Helps them to express their emotions in a better way.
- It can help kids to let us know if someone tries to hurt or abuse them.
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Let’s get to the list of books that can help toddlers understand their body parts in a friendly way. We already have some of these books, and others are equally great books in our wish lists..
List of Books to teach body parts to toddlers
Ten Tiny Toes – Caroline Jayne Church
Ten Tiny Toes is a very entertaining book with simple but fun illustrations of a boy and his teddy. You may be familiar with the author Caroline through her book, ‘I love you through and through.’. I find this book a great way to interact with my son through wiggling his ears, playing peekaboo, tickling his belly, and way more as we read it. You can find it from amazon.com or amazon.in.
All of Baby, Nose to Toes – Victoria Adler
It’s such a cute book with fun rhymes and adorable illustrations. The illustrations are relatable as well. Also, a great book to read and have fun as a family. At the end of each page about a body part, for say baby’s eyes, there is a question ‘ who loves baby’s eye?’ followed by a family member saying ‘Me! I do.’ on the following page. Sounds fun? You can find this book on amazon.com or amazon.in.
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? – Karen Katz
It’s a lift-the-flap book with cute illustrations. It also introduces the concept of behind and under to the kid. The flaps are pretty big and easily liftable by my 20-month-old. However, the flaps are thin card stock paper. I would recommend you to do the reading and lifting, as small children can pull out the pages and crumble the book. You can find this book on amazon.com or amazon.in.
From Head to Toe Board Book – Eric Carle
Eric Carle’s books need no introduction. This one has illustrations of kids trying to copy what an animal does on each page. It encourages kids to listen and interact. It’s a fun book to teach body parts. We don’t personally own this. But, the book has excellent reviews and is definitely on our wish list. I love Eric Carle’s fun illustration, but I was unsure if my son would like them when I first came to see them. But to my surprise, he adores the book ‘The very hungry caterpillar.’. There is some kind of magic in his simple yet beautiful art. You can find this book on amazon.com or amazon.in.
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes – Annie Kubler
I am sure you are familiar with this song. We already know the song and sing it, standing in front of the mirror and pointing towards each body part. It’s fun. As we are familiar with it, I didn’t buy this one. However, If you would love to have a readable version of the song, this is the book. You can find it on amazon.com or amazon.in.
If you are interested in reviews on other children’s books, You can also view my review on the classic children’s book If Animals Kissed Good Night.
If you have reached this part, I hope you found the right book for your kid. Thank you for visiting my blog.