9 book recommendations for toddlers

I really shouldn’t be complaining about this. But guys. If I have to read 1, 2, 3, Cook again, I’m gonna have to hypnotize myself to send my mind off to my happy place.

It’s a bittersweet feeling to realize that your 15-month old daughter likes to read so much it has become a source of annoyance in your life. And while I am like every other parent in that I believe my daughter is a genius (obviously), I think in reality I can simply chalk her love of reading up to exposure. We read, read, read, and then we read some more. We have also amassed quite a collection, both in boards books and in books that these days are mostly decorative because if I let her have them she’ll rip their hearts right out. When I feel like she needs a new toy, I buy a book (which has the added benefit of helping to prevent my home from turning into a Peekadoodle).

Despite the size of our library, at each new stage she tends to pick the same few to read over and over.

And over.

And over.

Here are some favorites right now. If you need some ideas, maybe your little will enjoy these too!

B is for Bear– This large format board book is awesome as far as touch and feel books go. None of that namby-pamby stuff, like some in the DK Publishing Baby Touch and Feel series. Okay, my daughter happens to love her Splish Splash book, but I think it’s ridiculous (my nice word for “dumb”) and I cringe every time I have to read it to her. I stumbled across B is for Bear at a doctor’s office and it’s a great find for toddlers and babies.

Jungle Animals– As much as I truly find Splish Splash to be a waste of my life, this one from the Baby Touch and Feel series is a big hit at our house. It’s short, but includes some textures that are a little more unique.

1, 2, 3, Cook (from Ratatouille)– My daughter’s receptive language has been exploding lately, and one pattern I’ve noticed is that she loves any book where she recognizes what she sees and can ask me to name it. This book is kind of…um…ridiculous. Definitely some wussy touch and feel. But it’s not about my preferences is it? She recognizes the food and likes to read it over and over and over again. Yesterday she  followed me around the house trying to turn my legs towards her so I would read it to her again.

Me and You Peek A Boo– Peek-a-boo entertains babies and toddlers alike. Add photographs of babies and you’ve got a winner.

Under the Sea– We purchased this book at the SF Aquarium and it was a bit advanced for her at that point. Recently she’s discovered that she LOVES to look for “Little Fish” under the flaps on each page. Her giggle when she finds him is enough to give this one a recommendation.

How to Babysit a Grandpa This one doesn’t come in board book format, but she is constantly pointing at it up on the shelf so I can take it down and read it to her. I skip a bunch of the details to make it more age appropriate. The grandpa happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to my father-in-law, which isn’t lost on my little observer. She likes to point at Grandpa on every page.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?– Classic for a reason. Simple and repetitive, which is perfect for every age from babies through kindergartners. Add in some animal sounds for more engagement. Every animal currently says “grrrrr” at our house, but she tries.

Tickle Time– As I mention in this post, I’m a big fan of Sandra Boynton. If your child likes to be tickled, this one will be an easy favorite!

Sophie la Girafe, First Words– We happened to pick this up for 50 cents at Once Upon a Child, and it just sat in our book basket for several months. These days, since her vocabulary is blowing up so much, she loves to read it over and over again and point out all the things she recognizes for me to name. Or, sometimes I name the objects and she loves to point to them.

If you need any more suggestions, feel free to send me a message!

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