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What books should I buy for my toddler?

Asked by anastasiya (7points) July 17th, 2008

I didn’t grow up in the US and so don’t know too many traditional books for kids 1.5–2 years old. We don’t live in the US, so my English book-buying opportunities are infrequent, and I’m going to buy some online right now. My toddler loves anything that rhymes and has pictures. So far, her collection of English books includes some Dr. Seuss books, nursery rhymes, and a few others, but I would love more suggestions. I’m also getting her Curious George and Madeline books.

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arnbev959's avatar

Goodnight Moon


The Runaway Bunny

jcs007's avatar

The Dumb Bunnies. I loved that book…

marinelife's avatar

I second Goodnight Moon. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine.

rowenaz's avatar

Anything by Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, Sandra Boynton, Laura Joffe Numeroff, Kevin Henkes, Jane Yolen, Stephen Kellogg, Don Woods, or Janell Cannon.

Find books with lots of beautiful illustrations to give you and your child lots to talk about and guess about and wonder…..

AstroChuck's avatar

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.

PupnTaco's avatar

Board-book versions of Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss ABC & One Fish, Two Fish. Pat the Bunny is fun but it’ll get shredded.

If there are any Richard Scarry board books, his stuff is wonderful.

skfinkel's avatar

Frog and Toad books—they will want to hear them hundreds of times, and you won’t mind reading them hundreds of times..

shilolo's avatar

My son loves Simms Taback (Joseph has a Little Overcoat), Todd Parr (The Family Book, Otto Goes to the Beach, Otto has a Birthday Party, Otto Goes to Bed), Richard Scarry and Jez Alborough (Hug and Tall) (In addition to many of the books listed above.) Our experience however is that he (like adults) gets bored easily. We rotate the books so we (and he) don’t lose our minds.

nina's avatar

Dr. Seuss!!!!

KimberlyLD's avatar

I love books, and love children’s books… here’s my toddler recommendations:

Knufflebunny, Too (Both Knufflebunny books were actually recommended by a friend with two toddlers who can’t hear them enough!)–1

Look & Find Books (These come with licensed characters and others and after you have done the “activities’ it’s very easy to make up other games to “look & find.” These are great for the bag, while waiting for things, on planes and trains! The kids seem to love them!)

There is also an adorable series by Michelle Sinclair Colman, which should amuse both of you. It was launched with Urban Babies Wear Black but there are several other’s now.

And then song and music Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton this is adorable, and fabulous… great for dancing with your little one!–27

I hope this helps and that your little one ends up with a book addiction! It’s the best!

susanc's avatar

I want to second all the Sandra Boyntons. Fun for you and the little person over and over.

SuperMouse's avatar

Love you Forever, Caps for Sale, Jamberry, More, More, More said the Baby, Harriett you Drive me Wild, The Napping House & King Bidgoods in the Bathtub (or ANYTHING by Don and Audrey Wood), Guess How Much I Love you.

A great resource for parents is The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.

boffin's avatar

Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Lightlyseared's avatar

Richard Scarry. I loved those as a kid.

ananda082001's avatar

I definitely second the recommendations for the Runaway Bunny (For the pictures now, for the story later), Napping House (great repetition and art, even better if you can make up a little tune to sing it to) and Love You Forever (Warning, you will probably cry the first time you read it through, lol. Again, great repetition and “sing-song” quality to it.)

I was a preschool teacher for six years and those always seemed to be some of the children’s favorite stories.

dland's avatar

On the Day You Were Born, by Debra Frasier—a wonderful gift to give to a new baby.

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein—will go over the toddler’s head now, but s/he will love it later…

@ananda: I’m sorry, but “Love You Forever” just creeps me out. My wife, too: when the old lady climbs a ladder into her grown-up son’s room and rocks him, I wonder what kind of therapy he should have had…

strawberryxcupcake's avatar

umm i really love kulla by anne p├Ątzke. really simple storys with great illustrations ^^ but i dont know if it exist in english…i really really love it, but its a book for children ^^

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