When the clock ticks bedtime, my toddler dictates which books she will allow me to read to her. If the book is a favorite, she hungrily grabs for it; if it isn’t, she places it, quite deliberately, back in its place. The following 10 children’s books continue to make the cut as her favorite books to read.
Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone; Illustrated by Debbie Harter
Learn about different forms of transportation as Bear travels to a variety of destinations. Bear on a Bike makes a great bedtime tale for parents and children. We spend time on each page identifying the objects and animals on each step of Bear’s journey.
Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault; Illlustrated by Lois Ehlert
Simple, colorful, rhythmic alphabet book, my daughter enjoyed hearing it read before she could talk. Also, some of her first “words” were identifying the letters of the alphabet, correctly, as we flipped the pages of Chicka Chicka ABC.
Note:I’ve noticed ChickaChicka ABC recently in book stores titled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs? By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Toddlers love dinosaurs and dogs! Learn about a variety of dinosaurs and how to care for a pet along with these dinos while reading How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs? to your child.
That’s Not My Monster, (Puppy, Dinosaur, Teddy Bear, Dragon, Monkey, More) Written by Fiona Watt; Illustrated by Rachel Wells
A touch & feel book for learning textures and body parts, a little mouse searches for his monster, puppy, dragon, and more in each of these board books. Great for car trips, bedtime, or anytime.
BIG Little & Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli (Also Yummy Yucky)
Leslie Patricelli’s exploration of opposites are simple and fun, using the same character on each page to serve as a reference point for identification. Each book explores one of our five senses.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; Pictures by Clement Hurd
If your parents didn’t read you Margaret Wise Brown’s classic bedtime story as a child, don’t miss out on enjoying it with your child. If your toddler has trouble getting prepared for bed, reading Goodnight Moon and then practicing saying goodnight to toys and objects in your toddler’s room make a great segue from reading to crawling into the crib.
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
More pictures than words allow me to read the pictures with my daughter. We practice anticipating what will happen on the next page as the little trickster gorilla unlocks all of the animals’ cages, follows the zookeeper to his house, and prepares for bed cozied up to the zookeeper and his wife.
Noisy City Day by Sara Anderson
Cars and trucks vrooming, vendors selling, dogs barking, and birds swooshing create a rhythmic romp through a busy city day. We often tap out words and syllables as we read together, which makes Noisy City Day fun for any little one and a great read for children with speech disorders (eg.: apraxia).
Nanook & Pryce Gone Fishing by Ned Crowley, pictures by Larry Day
Nanook, Pryce, and their dog, Yukon, head out early in the morning to go ice fishing. Their chunk of ice breaks free, and the fishing expedition circles the globe. My daughter loves spending time looking at the colorful world map of sea life inside the cover before and after we read Nanook & Pryce.
One by Kathryn Otoshi
One demonstrates the power of One willing to stand up for him/herself. Numbers, emotions, and colors splash the pages of One’s lesson on the power of individuals to make change. A message enjoyable for children and parents, I’m touched by its simplicity in expressing its complex and difficult task of how to stand up for yourself, while giving others the courage to do the same.
If you’re a parent seeking books to expand your toddler’s personal library, try one of our 10 favorite children’s books. Each book offers valuable learning opportunities for young children, while promoting the importance of reading. More significantly, reading these books together provides parents cherished snuggle time with their toddler… when he/she is quiet… Ahhhh…
Me & Mini-Me.