Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Recommendations for Toddlers

I enjoyed reading popular, well-known books with my daughters when they were very small: Sandra Boynton and her imaginative animals, Dr. Seuss's lyrical foxes in socks and cats in hats, and Ian Falconer's likable Olivia and family. There are a few books we discovered through the library that we loved so much we bought our own copies. Here are four of those books:
Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild is the story of a sad little pig separated from her mama who is offered comfort by every other animal mother on the farm until she finally finds her mother.
The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathman is a beautifully illustrated tale of a brave little boy who rescues some babies who crawl into a dark, scary forest. The rhyming text is fun to read and holds up well to repeated readings.
Once: A Lullaby by B.P. Nichol and Anita Lobel is a calm bedtime tale of different animals in their bedrooms, getting ready to sleep for the night. A repetitive refrain makes it easy for toddlers and young children to quickly memorize this book. Although out of print, we were able to easily find someone selling this through a used book website.
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg was recommended by a friend overseas. We loved it immediately. Many favorite nursery rhyme characters fill the pages, with one of them hiding on each one. Short but very fun to read.