Baby B’s Top 5 Books for Babies and Toddlers

I love to read and when I was pregnant with Baby B, I used to worry what if I gave birth to a kid who does not like to read? I had visions of us curled up reading book after book and I would be so disappointed if that never came to be.

Baby B must have picked up on this in utero and came out loving books from day one! Now, at 17 months, we start our day and end our day curled up and reading book after book (with a few books throughout the day, too, on some days) and I love it. My wonderful friends threw me a book themed baby shower (and friends have been generous with hand-me-downs) so Baby B has quite the library.

Without further ado, here are B’s Top 5 Books (as of this week!):

61tk7o7kWWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_My Truck is Stuck. We read this book multiple times in one sitting. The title pretty much sums up the plot but what also makes it a home run is that dogs drive the truck (and car and van, etc.). B LOVES both dogs and trucks so it doesn’t get much better than this! I have taken to reading an abridged version of it which B seems to love (there are a few phrases that repeat over and over again) and it is a great way to introduce counting (how many vehicles try to get the truck unstuck).

51lu4-PDW8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_I Love You More. This is one of my favorites, too. A mother and son walk through the words comparing their love of each other to what they see around them (“I love you taller than the tallest tree, I love you brighter than the brightest star in the sky” etc.) and culminates with “I love you more than anything in the whole, wide world!”

51b5Hi0xUUL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_Where is the Green Sheep. My parents gave this one to Baby B at Christmas and he as read it constantly every day since then. He loves the different type of sheep (“Here is the bed sheep and here is the bath sheep” etc.) and he always gets so excited when the green sheep finally appears!

51nOM+3iw+L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. B is actually interactive with this book which is so much fun. When the bus driver says “goodbye”, B waves at him and says “bye bye” and when the pigeon is upset because he can’t drive the bus (illustrated by a squiggly line over the pigeon’s head), B blows a raspberry. It’s a great book about not necessarily getting what you want and that temper tantrums are kind of silly and don’t work.

513ZEJYKRFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear. B’s cousin, Elliott, gave this to him which may have something to do with his love of the book. B LOVES Elliott! Anyhoo, this book is great because the sentences are short and the illustrations are beautiful.

We are always on the lookout for new books so please share your favorites with us (and everyone else) in the comments section!

Thanks for reading bright-yellow.

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2 comments

  1. We LOVED the Sandra Boynton books, particularly “Horns to Toes.” Well, particurlarly all of them, really!!! E also loved the books that had texture and color to play with, Maisy, lift the flap books, naming books like the ones from Richard Scarry. She liked books that did things, too.

    I had the same reading vision, and E was a very active little kid, so most of our reading took place at bedtime…but we would spend close to an hour snuggled together at night. It was LOVELY!!! That love of books has not changed! She still loves to read with me, and still spends as much time as she possibly can reading at bedtime (on her own, now!) I think introducing books as a “love” time is also very positive for getting kids started loving reading!!!

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