I blogged awhile back about our favorite reads when J was less than a year old. It has been exciting to watch how his love of books has grown. He has become a lot more interactive when it comes to reading. I have to admit that one of the things I was most looking forward to about having a child was sharing special times of reading together. My heart swells when he picks a book off his shelf, hands it to me, and backs up into my lap to sit together on the floor. He has quite the extensive library already, but less than 15 “favorites” that he consistently asks to read. I have seen that as he gains and explores his independence, he has reflected that in his book choices. He asks questions now (as well as any 18 month old can, he says, “What’s dat?”), points at things and likes to turn the page and “read” himself.
Here are our current favorites:
“Beep says the friendly little blue truck!” A great storyline about a friendship and helping people even when they aren’t nice to us. It’s child-appropriate while still having a sweet message.
This was one of my favorite books when I was young, and my mom let me have it when I had J. The story is about a little boy who takes a trip around the world and meets kids in other countries. “What is your language?” he asks each child, and the child then teaches the little boy “Yes” in their language. I think a huge reason J loves it so much is that we try to read the book with the appropriate accents and of course we do a pitiful job and I’m sure he knows! Sometimes he will try to copy the languages, so far he says “Da” (“yes” in Russian!). In addition I love the diversity this book presents and opens discussion for different languages and people in other countries.
J loves babies. Loves them. This book goes through a simply morning routine of several babies. It is simple, but one of J’s favorites!
Yeah… He is that kid that reads Christmas books in July ;)
This is the book we have, but dayspring has many different recordable storybooks to choose from. Both Mr. Pen and I took turns reading each page and J thinks it is just the best thing to have the story read to him whenever he wants.
A simple storyline, this book is also diverse in that it shows how babies “move” all over the world. Beautiful pictures portray an Incan mother with a baby on her back, Native American baby in a basket, and more mothers and fathers all around the world with their children carrying them, pushing them in carts/strollers and babies walking.
6. Press Here
I thought he might be too young for this book, but it turns out he loves it! He truly enjoys books that encourage involvement. The first page presents a single yellow dot that says “Press here.” J loves to press the dot, and on the next page, there are two dots! The “story” continues asking readers to participate by pressing dots, blowing on them, clapping and shaking the book. He has such a fun time with this book.
This is one of those books that encourages J’s independence. It’s a lift the flap book with sounds and he loves to “find” the different vehicles on each page and hear their sound. He will read this book on his own as well, which is rare.
We make a game out of this book that involves J and he has each page memorized. One page he has to hop, another he has to march and another he has to shake it – he has a grand time dancing just like the characters in the book.
I know this book was on our favorites for under a year list as well, but J will still read this book over and over and over. Correction: he asks us to read it over and over and over. I have this book completely memorized. I’m not sure what it is about Sandra Boynton, but J loves all the books he’s ever read by her.
He is at such a curious age that this book of hundreds of individual items truly intrigues him. He points to different pictures on the page and asks what each are. He goes through phases of being enthralled with just a few of the pictures and flipping back and forth between them. The book also has the name of each picture in Spanish.
Normally I wouldn’t allow a child so young to have a pop-up, but we found this book for $2 at a thrift store so I don’t care about it being damaged (which it is). He not only loves the pop-ups but the big trucks and tractors. He loves saying “vroooom” and this is another book he enjoys reading on his own.
What are your toddler’s favorite books? I’m always looking to add to our library!