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Great Toddler Book Recs: But You Don’t Have to Take My Word for It

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Anyone else a Reading Rainbow fan? It was one of my favorite shows when I was little. My mom was a first-grade teacher and loved incorporating the show into her classroom. She had a love of literacy and children’s books. I even got to attend a conference once with her where we met the famous children’s author Bill Martin, Jr.!

Now that I have a toddler, I am excited to pass on my mom’s love of children’s literature to my son. One of my favorite parts of the day is snuggling with him to read. It’s getting a bit more difficult to keep his attention, but he still has his favorite books.

Here is a list of my one-and-a-half-year-olds favorite books at the moment. But, as Levar Burton says, “…you don’t have to take my word for it”.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

My son loves this book and is constantly handing it to me to read. It has a simple and predictable pattern, and we’ve read it enough that he turns the pages and babbles along with me. He also likes Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; but the original is his favorite! 

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

The book is full of noises that make my son laugh. The sounds and silly illustrations keep his attention.

Hug Hug by Lori Ann Grover

This is one of our favorite bedtime books! It’s short, simple, and has sweet illustrations of animal hugs. It’s a perfect book for snuggling before bedtime.

Tickle Monster by Josie Bisset

We can’t get through the book without fits of giggles from all the tickles!

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

This is another go-to book for bedtime, especially nights when I can tell he isn’t going to make it through a long story. It goes through all the normal bedtime rituals (plus a few extra).

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

A classic alphabet story with colorful illustrations. There’s also a song that goes along with the book; it’s a favorite at our house.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Felicia Numeroff

This book includes adorable illustrations and a circular, silly tale. If your toddler loves it, there’s more in the series including If You Give a Moose a MuffinIf You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

This series is newer than some of the others on this list, but there are still quite a few different versions out there. My son loves the original the most! There’s a fun pattern to the words and he laughs as I read it in silly voices. We also like some of the shorter board books in the series such as Pout Pout Fish and the Big Big Dark.

Curious George series by H.A. Rey

This is a classic series and a favorite in our home! There are so many adorable stories of the precocious little monkey. I like finding one that corresponds with something we are doing (visiting the zoo, going to a baseball game, etc.).

Clifford the Big Red Dog series by Normal Birdwell

Anyone who knew my mom knows I couldn’t conclude a list of books without including her favorite series – Clifford! The stories are short enough to hold his attention and we love reading about all the adventures of our favorite loveable dog.

What are your toddler’s favorite books?

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2 Responses to Great Toddler Book Recs: But You Don’t Have to Take My Word for It

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    Patsy Young June 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

    I love to read about Lincoln’s favorite books. Keep that reading going–and I know you will.

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    Jennifer Helm June 29, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    I love this, and will pass it on.

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