Monday, February 15, 2016

Mom's favorite toddler books.

It seems a little silly to write a post about MY favorite toddler books (instead of Norah's, which you can check out here), but I can't resist. I love books. (Norah will probably enjoy these more once she gets a little bit older. Norah's favorite books are for younger toddlers, while these are probably for a bit older toddlers.) So, here are some of my favorites:

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal- A hilarious book about peas who have to eat their candy for dinner (because it's healthy), and if he eats all his candy he can have his favorite for dessert (spinach).

The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman- Norah got this book at one of her baby showers and I now love Nancy Tillman. Norah also has It's Time To Sleep, My LoveWherever You Are, My Love Will Find You, and On The Night You Were Born. They don't speak directly of God, but are really special books about how loved you are.

Thank You, God, For Mommy by Amy Parker- This is a really special book about the things moms do and what a gift they are from God.

I Love My Daddy Because... by Laurel Porter Gaylord- A neat book about the ways animal dads take care of and love their babies. I gave this to Kley on Father's Day when I was pregnant with Norah.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle- A fun book with lots of different sounds and a message about working together to help others.

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann- This was an absolute favorite when I was a preschool teacher. There aren't any words, but it's about a zookeeper who is saying good night to the animals. The gorilla takes his keys and lets out all the animals, who follow him home to his house and try to sleep in his bed.

Good Night, Iowa by Adam Gamble- A good night book featuring different sites/landmarks across the state of Iowa. (They make them for other states, too!)

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak- A cute book about loving all parts and sides of your baby.

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae- This is a bit longer, so your child probably wouldn't sit still for the whole thing until they were a bit older, but I like it because it has a good message- his friends make fun of him for being a poor dancer, but then he gains self-confidence and dances and his friends think he's the best dance they've ever seen. Giraffes are my favorite animal and it has neat pictures, so that helps too!

God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren- A great message about a mama bear recalling her pregnancy/birth to her cub and how thankful she is for him and that God gave him to her.

The Story of Jesus by Patricia A. Pingry- One of my favorites ever! My mom gave this to Norah, and it's one of the best kids Christian books- it tells who Jesus is, how He loves us, and why we should love Him, in simple, easy to understand terms.

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? by Jane Yolen- This is a really fun series that my preschool kids used to love, and this book is my favorite of the series, because playing nicely with your friends is a topic discussed on the daily (more like hourly, sometimes by the minute), with kids playing together/siblings. The first half talks about how a dinosaur would poorly play with their friends, and kids think it's hilarious to see bad examples, and the second half is examples of them nicely playing with their friends. Kids also just seem to love dinosaurs, so it's a win-win.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury- This was another preschool favorite when I taught. Everyone loved it! It's about different things they have to do as they are going on a bear hunt, and then when they find a bear at the end they get scared and run home. The suspense/hilarity is the perfect amount for this age to keep them engaged.


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