Friday, October 30, 2009

Favorite Books for Under-Two-Year-Olds

By the time M turned two we had spent a lot of time at the library and had accumulated a lot of books from garage sales and as gifts. This is our list of favorites- the ones that got read over and over and stayed enjoyable to both Mom and Baby. They are listed roughly in order of age-appropriateness.
Babies: Great for it's small size and pictures that capture even a 6 month-old's interest.
Animal Sounds: Any animal sounds book is good, but we especially like this one.
Pat the Bunny: So interactive and sweet!
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?: Great rhythm and fun sounds. I prefer the board book version; the full version goes on too long for a young toddler's attention span, I think.
Goodnight, Moon: Soothing bedtime classic.
The Foot Book: Again, for young toddlers, I prefer the board book, shortened version.I'm as Quick as a Cricket: Capitalizes on a child's enjoyment of comparing him or herself to different animals. I prefer the full-size version of this one (not the board book which is missing one of our favorite pages)
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb: Great rhythm!
Where's Spot?: Simple pictures and easy to open flaps. Kids seem to like books about hiding!

Going to Sleep on the Farm: Beautiful pictures, especially showing the interaction between a father and his son; simple, lulling words.

Does a Cow Say Boo?: Wonderfully fun book for kids who know their animal sounds and are ready to enjoy a spot of mischief.
How Do Dinasaurs Say Good-night?: The other books in this series are fun too.


Green Hat, Blue Hat: Capitalizes on kids' enjoyment of wearing clothes on the wrong body parts.


We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Wonderful, suspenseful classic written for older kids, but also enjoyable for young toddlers
So...those are our favorites. I'd love to discover other good books for this age range by hearing your recommendations!

6 comments:

MaryAnne said...

We like those last two books especially. We also really like "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell.

The mom~ster said...

hand hand finger thumb and good night moon have been favorites with all our children--I'll keep those now ratty books forever...if they survive the rest of my little boys' toddlerhood... we also LOVE Jamberry...

Christy said...

You don't have a little boy to enjoy this yet, but we have a picture book called "I'd Be Your Hero" that I just love (and Levi seems to enjoy the pictures). A little boy tells his mom all the great things he'd do for her if she was a queen, and she capitalizes on the godly character of each heroic action, including a corresponding Bible verse. It's very sweet.

Sarah said...

Drew really loves "Knufflebunny" (and my husband does, too!). It's a lot of fun with interesting illustrations. A boy I nannied for liked "The Belly Button Book" by Sandra Boylston.

Sandi said...

I love Hand Hand Fingers Thumb. I remember reading it with my mom as a child, and now we have both the toddler board book (condensed story) and the full-length original for my daughter. I also love Giant Jam Sandwich, which has such fun, clever rhyming.

Sandi said...

I love Hand Hand Fingers Thumb. I remember reading it with my mom as a child, and now we have both the toddler board book (condensed story) and the full-length original for my daughter. I also love Giant Jam Sandwich, which has such fun, clever rhyming.