If you have been to a baby shower recently, you may have been asked to bring a book instead of a card with your gift. Hallmark may not be happy but new parents love this idea as a way to build their family library.
But shopping for children’s books can be overwhelming. There are so many great options – and some stinkers, too.
I thought I’d share with you some of the toddler books that have become my favorites after hours of reading to my little grandchildren, ages 2 months – 4 1/2 years old.
Sure, you can’t go wrong with the classics like “Goodnight Moon” or anything by Dr. Seuss but thinking outside that box, you might consider these gems.
(By the way, this post contains some affiliate links which means that if you buy something after clicking on the link, Amazon will send a few pennies my way. Then I will promptly send these pennies back to Amazon as I buy new books for the little ones.)
These sweet books tell the tale of the Little Blue Truck who shows by example that kindness is best.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
The headliner in the Llama Llama series, this book is written in a melodic tempo which makes it a delight to read.
Caution, however, if you are reading this to a young one who is suffering from separation anxiety you might want to skip the page that says,
“Llama llama red pajama feels alone without his mama.”
Just a little word of advice. From experience.
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna
Featuring whimsical illustrations, The Pout-Pout Fish tells of a gloomy Gus who learns to turn his frown upside-down. The story is particularly riveting when the reader uses a different voice for each of the friends as my son does when reading to his twins.
Again, there are a number of “sequels” in the Pout-Pout series but you will want to read this one first.
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Farmer Brown’s cows have some demands which they present to the farmer in the form of a typed letter. Negotiations go back and forth until – spoiler alert – the animals win.
The Gruffalo by Julie Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
A tiny mouse uses bravery and quick thinking to outwit those who would like to have him (as in EAT him) for lunch.
Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by David Slonim
The important jobs of each digger, dozer, and dumper are described in a rhyme. Truck-obsessed children like the ones in our family will love this.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
This award-winning book first came to my attention when I saw it on a list of children’s books that encourage kindness to others.
CJ and his grandmother ride the bus across town together as they do every Sunday. Through their conversation along the way, Nana open’s CJ’s eyes to the goodness all around him.
The beautiful message and captivating illustrations won my heart immediately. And might have even brought a tear to my eye.
Stay tuned for Part Two of my toddler book recommendations – more great stories that have earned the Momo seal of approval.
In the meantime, what are your favorite books for young children? I’m always looking for suggestions!Thanks for stopping by,
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