“Book” is an oft-repeated word around here, and very often when I go to pick him up at daycare I will find him in the reading corner.
So while I can always count on books being a win, his favorite titles are always changing.
At almost-2, these are his favorite books to read. (These are the ones he will ask for by name or pull out of his bucket to look at by himself. That’s about as scientific as it gets.)
1. Roadwork by Sally Sutton
We’ve had this book for months, and it has long been a favorite of everyone’s (Aaron and I both know it by heart), but Harry has a renewed love for it now that there is a real live road being built in our neighborhood. It’s like all the dots connected when he saw a digger and bulldozer close up.
2. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
This is one of those books that I read to him when he was too young to have an opinion, but then it went back into the bucket for months and months. He was just not into it. Recently, however, he asks for it almost every night. I think he is finally old enough for more of a story, and the lovely-drawn animals are interesting to him.
I love this book, because it’s a sweet, simple adoption story, and paves the road for later conversations. (Warning: this one will make grown ups cry.)
I’ve seen this book as a board book too, which I wish we had. He’s still a bit young to be trusted with regular-paged books.
3. Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
We have a few of Leslie Patricelli’s books, and they’re all favorites. This one is a simple, clever story of things that are good to eat and things that are icky to eat, written in an easy way for little ones to understand. Recently he has taken to pointing at the yucky stuff and saying “Ewwww!”
This is my favorite page:
4. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichten
We’ve only had this book for a week or so, but he loves it. “Digga!” he says, pointing at it. He says goodnight to the digger and says “shhhh” by pointing at his nose. Pretty dang adorable. If you have a toddler enamored with trucks, do yourself a favor and add this to your library.
5. My First Busy Day
Oh, this book. We ended up with this book, because it was one of those “How did this get in here?” CostCo purchases.
This is the kind of book your toddler will love to read, and you will hate it. We basically just ask him to point out things on the page, which of course is his favorite thing. (This is actually a good book to have your toddler look at on the potty, because there are lots and lots of things to point out and talk about, including a kid using the potty.)
6. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
This is Aaron’s favorite book as well. It’s a sweet story about helping people who need help; it teaches animal noises, and it’s well written. AND it has a dump truck that says honk. Basically the perfect book. It’s my go-to book for baby gifts.
7. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
This is, by far and without exception, the best children’s Bible I have ever seen or read. First, it is gorgeously illustrated. Just beautifully done. Second, every story brings it around to the Story of Jesus. Harry picks it up and and says “Bee-bull bee-bull!”"
Harry doesn’t quite yet have the patience to allow me to read a full story (they’re long), but he loves to look through it. So as he does, I point things out and just talk about God and how the Bible is the love story He wrote to us.
It really does a mama heart good to see your child reaching for the Word.
This post is really just a snapshot of an ever-changing list. Toddlers are fickle! But as long as he loves books and loves to read, I’m happy.