How to Pick Out Books Kids Like

What Children Like in Books

Be the Best Nanny Newsletter has been encouraging nannies and au pairs to read daily to their charges.

Here is a simple guide from Reach Out and Read on what kinds of books are most suitable for children of different age groups.

  • Board books with photos of babies
  • Brightly-colored board books to touch
  • Books with pictures of familiar objects-balls, bottles
  • Small books sized for small hands
  • Sturdy board books they can handle and carry
  • Books with photos and pictures of children doing familiar things-sleeping, eating, playing
  • Goodnight books for bedtime
  • Books about saying goodbye and hello
  • Books with only a few words on the page
  • Books with simple rhymes or predictable text
  • Books with board pages-but also books with paper pages
  • Silly books and funny books
  • Rhymes, rhythms, repetitious text-books they can learn by heart
  • Books about children and families
  • Books about making friends
  • Books about food
  • Books about animals
  • Books about trucks
  • Word books

  • Books that tell stories
  • Books about kids that look like them and live like them-but also books about different places and different ways of living
  • Books about going to school, books about making friends
  • Books with simple text they can memorize
  • Counting books, alphabet books, vocabulary books
What are your favorite children’s books?


  1. Barn Yard Dance and The Bedtime book, both from Sandra Boyton.

  2. Anything by Dr Seuss are my favorite.

  3. The parents will LOVE it if you take their child to the library! Take out picture books that are about the stages the kids are going thru, such as potty training or going to the dentist. Everyone loves nannies, au pairs, and children that read!! No parent will complain about your trying to get the child to love books and reading!My favorite are by Lauren Child.

  4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss The Lorax by Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. SeussLove You Forever by Robert N. Munsch Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst Stellaluna by Janell Cannon The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

  5. Too many to list..I enjoy any books with beautiful illustrations and expressive speech.Buzzy's Boo-Boo- Garafalo's Child, Room on the Broom andIsland of the Skog are just a few of my of my all time favorites.~Andrea- Nanny in NJ

  6. Any touchy feely book or flap book are my favorite with infants and toddlers. It doesn't matter what book but any book the child seems to like read it again and again. So important.

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