i never do these “best of” lists, but i thought i had to share because it might save some of you the great pain of having to go through books trial and error. and let’s be real, time is of great value when raising a baby or a toddler. so i offer you my best of toddler books; for the great new phase when they are no longer interested in books that read longer than a tv commercial.
so i am thrilled that buddy adores reading. i am reading the same book about 15 times a day and i have zero complaints. however, i am finding that with his attention span, i can’t read longer books anymore. as a baby, you can sit and read your heart’s content. but with a toddler, he’s flipping pages so fast i can’t even keep up.
i have it reduced to these books that have approximately one sentence per page. this was by trial and error, as ordering books blindly through the internet gives you no idea if they meet this one sentence rule. so the following is a list i’ve compiled of toddler-friendly books besides dr. seuss (not a knock on ole’ seuss–i love seuss). full disclosure: some of these may be a bit longer, but i find that i can skip over a few words or sentences without losing the gist of the story.
1. the very hungry caterpillar, by eric carle
2. one love, by cedilla marley
3. carry-me fishy fun, by tim bugburd
4. all the peekaboo! series (ie. peekaboo playtime, peekaboo faces, etc.)
5. 3såååC 2DVW3azao-lp…‘“ (<—-that was contributed by my toddler)
6. please, baby, please, by spike lee & tonga lewis lee
7. because i love you, by julia hubery
8. sweet dreams, little one, by julia hubery
9. you're my little star, by julia hubery
10. the runaway bunny, by margaret wise brown
11. goodnight moon, by margaret wise brown
12. first 100 words series
13. if you give a mouse a cookie, by laura numeroff
14. i am a bunny, by ole risom
15. little bunny, by lauren thompson
16. that's not my ____ series
several of these books make great interactive reading activities. ask your tot, "where's the bunny?" etc. etc. and it makes for great fun. my tot's favorite is also a lap bounce while reading the particularly rhyme-y ones. crazy, goofy voices–anything to snazz up a story is naturally a plus. huzzah! we win.