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Top 11 Books for Toddlers

I’m a book nerd.  I always, always have 3-4 books going at any given time and I simply cannot fall to sleep at night without reading a few words in bed.  You know that kid that “ruined her eyesight” because she read with a flashlight under the covers until midnight when she was 7 years old?  That was me.

20/650 eyesight these days, baby.

I devoured books, reading several levels above my age.  When I was 8, the local news interviewed me when they found me curled up on my own in a bookstore while my mother grocery shopped next door (remember when that wasn’t frowned upon in the ’80s?).  They asked me on camera whether I would rather have a toy or a new book & I said without hesitation, “A book.”  I bought a copy of The Little Mermaid that day.  Then I joined Battle of the Books throughout middle school, where I read roughly 200 books per school year on top of my class reading requirements.  I read in college even when I was sick of textbooks.  I have four bookcases stacked to the brim with my favorites, including three separate copies of Gone With the Wind (one happens to be a first-year-in-printing edition).

Being a book nerd doesn’t mean I have to wear a pocket protector, right?  Gosh, I hope not.

I’ve worked hard to cultivate the same love of books for Harrison, reading to him from the moment we came home from the hospital.  We read every night when we tuck him into bed and when he’s at my parents house, his favorite activity is reading in the recliner with his grandaddy.  Last night, he curled up in my lap before dinner and we read seven books in a row without pause; it makes my heart so happy!

I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for new book suggestions for him  and figure it wouldn’t hurt to toss out a few of my own.  Here are his current favorite books:

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  • Richard Scarry’s ‘Best Word Book Ever’ 1 of 11
    Richard Scarry's 'Best Word Book Ever'
    No, really. It is the best ever. Loads of new words for Harrison to learn, things for him to point out, & even trucks & trains to keep him entertained.
  • ‘Knuffle Bunny’ – Mo Willems 2 of 11
    'Knuffle Bunny' - Mo Willems
    A love story about lovies. Pretty much the best story for parents to remember what it's like to love a stuffed animal & the fear of losing it forever.
  • ‘Birthday Monsters’ – Sandra Boynton 3 of 11
    'Birthday Monsters' - Sandra Boynton
    Best read with funny voices, the monsters come in & destroy the day...or do they?
  • ‘Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash’ – Barbara Odanka 4 of 11
    'Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash' - Barbara Odanka
    The rhyming can be a little tricky to nail in this one, but pigs as trash men & really cool art? Yes, please!
  • ‘The Little Engine That Could’ – Walter Reton 5 of 11
    'The Little Engine That Could' - Walter Reton
    A classic story, but the clown in it can be kind of creepy.
  • ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ – Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault 6 of 11
    'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' - Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault
    You'll have this one stuck in your head forever. Then you'll YouTube the song & really have it stuck.
  • ‘I Stink’ – Kate & Jim McCullan 7 of 11
    'I Stink' - Kate & Jim McCullan
    Garbage trucks! Harrison goes nuts for anything about garbage trucks. I'm not a huge fan of this one, but he loves it.
  • ‘Taking the Lead’ – RH Disney 8 of 11
    'Taking the Lead' - RH Disney
    A flap book of Cars 2 - if you've seen the movie, then you know the plot. But it's still fun for toddlers!
  • ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’ – Mo Willems 9 of 11
    'Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!' - Mo Willems
    Finally, my kid gets to say "no!" & it's totally cool. I love how he can interact with me while we read this one!
  • ‘The Blue Train’ – Unkown 10 of 11
    'The Blue Train' - Unkown
    It makes noise. be ye warned. There's also versions about trucks & planes & stuff. They all make noise.
  • ‘Angelina Ballerina’ – Katharine Holabird 11 of 11
    'Angelina Ballerina' - Katharine Holabird
    Okay, Harry's never read this one. it's MY favorite from when I was a little girl.

Any suggestions to pass on?

 

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures on The Heir to Blair. You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook.

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