Best Books for 1-Year-Olds

Supporting Children's Literacy in SC

Best Books for 1-Year-Olds

Good Night Gorilla

Your 1-year-old may not be able to read just yet, but their brain is rapidly developing.  To help your child develop the literacy and language skills needed to be successful later in life, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Blue Ribbon books contain characteristics specific to their age appropriateness including:

  • Repetition and predictability – generate language
  • Motor skills
  • “Self-help” activities – things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Colors, letters, numbers

They also build on concepts such as:

  • Vision – bright, big, colorful
  • Touch – board pages
  • Rhyme and rhythm
  • Simple – easy to use
  • Minimal text – point and say
  • Playful sound
  • Nurture – attachment- lullaby themes

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2016 are:


Interested in the book list for other ages?