I read incessantly to my two-year old bookworm. If he were to compile a top 10 list, these are the books I think he’d choose. All these books can be purchased as board books, which I recommend because the pages won’t get ripped or bent.
10. Little Monkey and Friends By Kath Jewitt – A cute story about a monkey introducing his baby sister to his friends in the jungle. It is a texture book, so my son loves feeling Parrot’s feathers, Crocodile’s skin, etc.
9. Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz – A darling book for mommy and baby to share that takes the readers through all the memorable times they spend throughout the day.
8. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Suess – A funny book of rhymes about a boy introducing the reader to the many imaginary creatures that have infiltrated his house.
7. The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle – It explains on a child’s level, how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The highlight is when the caterpillar goes on an eating spree leaving holes in various fruits, leaves, and junk food.
6. Jamberry by Bruce Degen – The author morphs his reminiscences of picking berries with his grandparents into a vivid fantasy world of imaginary berries exploding onto the pages.
5. Time for a Snack by Maggie Testa – From the Backyardigans collection, this story about a cooking contest doubles as a great lesson about the four food groups and sharing.
4. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown – While the humans are away, the author takes her readers on a field trip around the barn introducing us to the many animals and goings on at the barn. It helped familiarize my son with animals and prepared him to enjoy the zoo.
3. A Crack in the Track by the Reverend W. Awdry – My son loves all the Thomas the Tank Engine books, but this one stands out, as it contains a slightly deeper plot than the others and includes many of Thomas’ friends, such as Percy, Bertie, Gordon, and James.
2. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you? By Dr. Suess – A children’s book full of wonderful imagery, it introduces the various sounds (onomatopoeia) of nature and items around the house, and then invites the child to repeat the sounds back. It helped my son become more vocal.
1. Sand Castle Bash By Hunter McKown – Ten monster trucks meet on the beach to make sand castles uniquely themed to fit each personality. The climax reveals the intention for their creations, as the trucks take turns SMASHING their sand castles.