The best baby and toddler board books you can buy now

Reading to your children not only strengthens family bonding, but it is imperative for their development in school and work.

Also, reading is a fun and imaginative activity for children - opening doors to all kinds of new worlds, according to the Child Development Center, University of Texas.

“Even before they know what words are, children benefit from watching and listening to you read aloud to them. Within their first year, they are able to learn basic language and reading concepts. The earlier children grasp these concepts, the easier they learn to read, and the easier it is to learn,” the center shared.

When reading to young children, it’s important to remember to read slowly, and with expression.

Using your finger, point to the words, and move along slowly.

You may also ask your children to repeat your words or describe the pictures.

Here are some beautifully illustrated books from Amazon that you may want to share with your children.

The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss | S$31.16

Dr Seuss board books. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Tucked inside this cute little blue box topped with a plastic handle and secured by a tuck closure are board book editions of the classic Dr Seuss titles Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Ideal for the holidays, new mothers, and happy occasions of all kinds, this is a literacy-nurturing gift that babies can literally sink their teeth into!

If Animals Kissed Good Night | S$6.84

If Animals Kissed Good Night. (PHOTO: Amazon)

With whimsical art and playful rhyming verse, this picture book is now in board book format for the first time, perfect for bedtime snuggles.

First 100 Board Book Box Set (3 books) | S$29.19

First 100 box set. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Infants and toddlers will learn key concepts and words with these bright board books. Each book has 100 color photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 simple first words to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.

Where’s Spot? | S$12.28

Where's Spot? (PHOTO: Amazon)

This very first Spot board book now has a brand-new cover in a fresh, vibrant color that makes it jump off the shelf.

Winnie the Pooh's Giant Lift The-Flap | S$16.50

Winnie the Pooh's Giant Book. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Winnie-the-Pooh leads the way in this adventure of shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and how to tell time while exploring his oversize lift-the-flap book. Each page is packed with surprises hidden under 70 fun flaps.

Where Is Peter Rabbit?: A Lift-The-Flap Book | S$22.19

Where is Peter Rabbit? (PHOTO: Amazon)

Where is Peter Rabbit hiding? Lift the flaps and find out! Is that Peter by the blackberry bush? Is he hiding in the lettuce patch? With easy-to-lift flaps, rhyming text, and charming illustrations, this story filled with characters from the world of Beatrix Potter is fun to share with little ones and is the perfect introduction to Peter Rabbit for very young readers.

Thomas and Friends: My Red Railway Book Box | S$25.85

Thomas & Friends book. (PHOTO: Amazon)

 All four of the enormously popular Thomas board books are here: Go, Train, Go!; Stop, Train, Stop!; A Crack in the Track!; and Blue Train, Green Train.