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Monday, December 16, 2013

What are your favorite books for little dudes?

Three-and-a-half-year-old Toby has a bunch of books, but he has read them all so many times that they're literally falling apart. So his #1 wish for Christmas (aside from a motorcycle and a sitar) is books. So I'm really curious: Which books do your children read over and over and over?

Toby's seven most beloved books are:
Knuffle Bunny Free (His all-time favorite; we have read it eight billion times)
Along a Long Road
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
The Adventures of Taxi Dog
In the Town All Year 'Round
Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Toby STILL loves this board book after three years)
One Sunday Morning (Alex made this book come alive!)

These books came highly recommended by my friends with three-year-olds, so they're on our wishlist:
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Little Bear
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
The Popcorn Book
Singing Away the Dark
Pancakes, Pancakes
Chicken Big
Richard Scarry's Best First Book Ever
Amelia Bedelia (Did you ever read these? I loved them when I was little)

What are your children's favorite books, and how old are your kids? I'd LOVE to hear....

P.S. Our 10 favorite books when Toby was one.

(Photo of Toby's bedroom by Ryan Liebe)

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This Small Old House said...

Absolutely Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Also the Corduroy Bear books.

Jennifer Kasper said...

Leonardo the Terrible Monster -- my kids are 9 and 5, and I could still read it to them every night, if they'd let me!

Anastasia Parkin said...

Frog and Toad are so so good. I still read them on bad days. The best is Frog and Toad All Year Long, but the other books are excellent as well!

kendra said...

A sick day for Amos McGee is the cutest kid book i've ever seen. I've bought it for like 5 kids.
And "Unicorn thinks he's so great" is hilarious. I bought that one for a bunch of kids too

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Jenny said...

Definitely Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go! My son also continues to love Goodnight Moon and the Sandra Boynton Books.

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Erin said...

A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet (Stephen Johnson), Infinity and Me (Kate Hosford), The Day the Crayons Quit (Drew Daywalt), Jack and the Flumflum Tree (Julia Donaldson) and Room on the Broom (also Julia Donaldson), Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth (Marie-Louise Gray), A Visitor for Bear (Bonny Becker) and possibly my favourite right now - Dinosaur vs Bedtime (Bob Shea)… my husband says his favourite right now is Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin).

Sara Bradley said...

Ant & Bee series by Angela Banner (Re-printing in May 2014)
Put Me in the Zoo
What Do People Do All Day by Scarry
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Empty Pot by Demi
So many good ones!

lyndafitz said...

Caps for Sale..A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business...BEST.BOOK.EVER. EVER. I mean the title alone sounds fun right? I taught preschool for years and the kids loved this book. So does every child I give the book to......when you read it you have to exaggerat and act the words (when you read it you will know what I mean) be good- Lynda Fitzgeald

Larissa said...

A second vote for Strega Nona. I loved that story as a child!

Have you heard of Barefoot Books? You may have seen them in a pop-up shop in FAO Schwarz (now closed). Check out Driving My Tractor and The Animal Boogie. They are infectious sing-a-longs! It seems like Toby loves music, so these could be a lot of fun!

Other popular favorites include: Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon, The Boy Who Grew Flowers and The Prince's Bedtime.

A side note: I adore Barefoot Books and their values (provide alternative to commercialization of childhood, engage in global community, and support sustainable publishing practices to name a few) so much so that I became an ambassador and started my own business, Wonder Bookshop.

Not only do these books bring joy to story time, but they also support a budding entrepreneur! Thank you and happy reading!

lyndafitz said...

Esphyr Slobodkina is the author of Caps for Sale- forgot to mention that in my first comment

Kirby said...

I actually got a few custom books made for my niece (3) and nephew (2) from Uncommon Goods this year. My niece's is called "Avery Does it Best" and is about how she is the best big sister. The one for my nephew is about a race car driver that is named Chase (his name), and the car is his favorite color (blue). I think they will love them!

Julie said...

The penguin who hated the cold is one of my favorites.
And the little mr/mrs books are fun as well.

Ingrid said...

The Nutshell Library (Pierre and Chicken Soup with Rice are memorized!), Dr. Seuss's ABC book, Ferdinand, and The Monster at the End of this Book are essential in our house, plus Where the Wild Things Are. My children are grown, but those are the books they still recite. I'm so thrilled you asked the question and overjoyed by the response! (I'm a teacher!)

Ingrid said...

The Nutshell Library (Pierre and Chicken Soup with Rice are memorized!), Dr. Seuss's ABC book, Ferdinand, and The Monster at the End of this Book are essential in our house, plus Where the Wild Things Are. My children are grown, but those are the books they still recite. I'm so thrilled you asked the question and overjoyed by the response! (I'm a teacher!)

Tracy Carson said...

"A Sick Day for Amos McGee" is our 4 year old's absolute favorite book!! The illustrations are simple and subdued and the language isn't dumbed down. I love it too, a real classic!

perfectyellowyolk said...

My son is almost three and his favorites that we return to time and time again are: 1) Chu's Day; 2) Llama, Llama Time to Share; and 3) Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.

Nexus Girls 007 said...

We have a 5-yr old and a 3-yr old, and they love anything by Mo Willems. They also love, love the Pete the Cat books (and there are free songs online for each book), the Olivia books, Owl Moon (Caldecott Award book), any book by Oliver Jeffries (Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me, etc), any Curious George book, Bread and Jam for Francis, to name a few...

Lizzy Lee said...

Check out this list! Scholastic.com/100books ... There are a lot of classics and new books on it, plus you can sort by age!

Katie Peden said...

My daughter is 15 mo. so some of these may be more Anton's speed than Toby's, but at the moment she can't get enough of:

Great Day for Up! byDr. Seuss (fun and the perfect length for young attention spans)

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers (a must, there is so much to look at - my daughter 'reads' it on her own for long stretches especially in the car)

Press Here by Herve Tullet (interactive)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (beautiful illustrations)

Snoozers by Susan Boynton (really any of her books)

Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (good for bedtime)

Just to name a few...

For Christmas we are giving her Dear Zoo (on your recommendation) and Beautiful Oops!

Can't wait to check out some of these other recommendations!

jenlynnodonnell said...

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, No Fits, Nilson! By Zachariah OHora, The Dark by Lemony Snicket, Frankenstein (A Monstrous Parody) by Ludworst Bemonster, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and pretty much anything by Mo Willems, Peter Brown and Jon Klassen.

Katie Peden said...

My daughter is 15 mo. so some of these may be more Anton's speed than Toby's, but at the moment she can't get enough of:

Great Day for Up! byDr. Seuss (fun and the perfect length for young attention spans)

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers (a must, there is so much to look at - my daughter 'reads' it on her own for long stretches especially in the car)

Press Here by Herve Tullet (interactive)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (beautiful illustrations)

Snoozers by Susan Boynton (really any of her books)

Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (good for bedtime)

Just to name a few...

For Christmas we are giving her Dear Zoo (on your recommendation) and Beautiful Oops!

Can't wait to check out some of these other recommendations!

Katie Peden said...

My daughter is 15 mo. so some of these may be more Anton's speed than Toby's, but at the moment she can't get enough of:

Great Day for Up! byDr. Seuss (fun and the perfect length for young attention spans)

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers (a must, there is so much to look at - my daughter 'reads' it on her own for long stretches especially in the car)

Press Here by Herve Tullet (interactive)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (beautiful illustrations)

Snoozers by Susan Boynton (really any of her books)

Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (good for bedtime)

Just to name a few...

For Christmas we are giving her Dear Zoo (on your recommendation) and Beautiful Oops!

Can't wait to check out some of these other recommendations!

Katie Peden said...

My daughter is 15 mo. so some of these may be more Anton's speed than Toby's, but at the moment she can't get enough of:

Great Day for Up! byDr. Seuss (fun and the perfect length for young attention spans)

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers (a must, there is so much to look at - my daughter 'reads' it on her own for long stretches especially in the car)

Press Here by Herve Tullet (interactive)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (beautiful illustrations)

Snoozers by Susan Boynton (really any of her books)

Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (good for bedtime)

Just to name a few...

For Christmas we are giving her Dear Zoo (on your recommendation) and Beautiful Oops!

Can't wait to check out some of these other recommendations!

Lauren E. said...

I still have my favorite books from childhood and still flip through them when I'm home for holidays: Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Peggy said...

I see Cars and Trucks and Things That Go......I read that 42 billion times to my son!.....he is now 42!...(and still likes things that go!).....and we still have the book.....(:

Sol Kawage said...

At Toby's age "we're going on a bearhunt" by michael rosen was a hit. Also green ego and ham.
Anything by Oliver Jeffers, and Richard Scarry's day at the airport. That last one fell apart and I had to cover every leaf in plastic and sew the whole thing back together.

Alex said...

My oldest is Toby's same age! Some of our favorites are

The Caboose who got Loose, by Bill Peet (he was a classic Disney animator and our is vintage from my childhood!)
Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle (he's loved this all his life)
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C Stead (Caldecott winner! This one is my FAVORITE)
Lots and lots of Oliver Jeffers books
A Fish out of Water, by Helen Palmer
Put me in the Zoo, by Robert Lopshire
I ordered him a super cute one I haven't looked through in person yet called Iggy Peck, Architect

mary said...

So fun to see what another 3 1/2 year old boy is reading these days! My oldest son was born just a week after Toby, and he is an avid reader. His perennial favorites are Virginia Lee Burton stories (we have a treasury, and I HIGHLY recommend it), and Curious George. He's recently gotten really into Eric Carle books, too. We're currently living in Germany, so except for the few books we brought from the States, we're reading in German, and Eric Carle really resonates with him right now. But really, if you remember nothing else of my post, Virginia Lee Burton. Her stories have been on steady rotation for at least a year and a half now.

Caitlin Ashley said...

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. I used to read it as a nap time book to a boy I babysat (who at the time was Toby's age). He'd get so excited, I kid you not, that at the exciting part he would treat his bed as a trampoline while reciting the words from memory. At the top of his lungs. It was very cute and very memorable.

Laura said...

Carl Goes Shopping is a classic. Very few words, but it's fun to make up what's happening in the gorgeous pictures.

Shannon Buell said...

Ox-cart Man is a great bedtime story, it is methodical, cozy, and the images are comforting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox-Cart_Man

Louise R said...

I'm a schoolteacher and i absolutely love to read Judith Kerr's 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' to the class. My mum read it to us as kids and i know it by heart - it's just so beautifully written and a joy to read aloud. Definitely reccomend it for little 'uns!

Also, anything by Julia Donaldson (not sure if she's big in the US, but the Gruffalo is pretty much EVERYWHERE in the UK) xx

Deb said...

The Frog and Toad series were are boys' all time favorite.

Deb said...

The Frog and Toad series were are boys' all time favorite.

Rebecca said...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Must have.

Elizabeth Buckler said...

I care for children in my home. These books have all been hits among all the children:

Elecopter
Bears on Chairs
Sheep in a Jeep
The Bear's Song
I Know a Rhino
Go Away Big Green Monster
Who's Hiding?

Also, anything by Mo Willems. I highly suggest the library though! We have about thirty books out at a time constantly but these ones really stick out.

Melissa Blake said...

My sister and I loved the Berenstein Bears books when we were little...are they still in print? I'd highly recommend those!

Me said...

One of my very favorites for my son (which he loves, too!) is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, by Mo Willems. It is so fantastic!!

Kristin said...

I never comment but just had to give another nod to any of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems (he also wrote the Pigeon books which are awesome too). I have a a 4 year old son and we started reading them when he was 3. We own a couple but check others out at the library (I think there's a total of 17 and you can't go wrong with any of them). Great for Toby's age! Lots of giggles and they're simple enough that my son will even "read" them to me once we've read them a couple of times. You've gotten lots of great recommendations! Have fun book shopping!

Katelyn McDonald said...

One by Kathryn Otoshi!!! I love reading it to the kids I nanny... The cuteness makes me want to cry.

Hager said...

I don't believe there is a better a boy book than Cars and Trucks and things that Go. We have my husbands copy that he loved as a boy and my girls are WILD for it.

kel said...

Great question:
Hooway for Wodney Wat
Time for Bed
George & Martha (who are loveable Hippo best friends)

enjoy!
kel

Christina Straw said...

Hi! I have a 4 year old son and here are some of his favorites (from 3 until now)

- A House is a House for Me
- "A Sick Day for Amos McGee
- Goodnight Goodnight, Construction SIte
- Even Monsters Need Haircuts
- Go Dog Go!
- Dragons Love Tacos
- Those Darn Squirrels!
- Up and Down - by Jeffers
- Otto the Book Bear
- Memoirs of a Goldfish
- The Circus Ship
- Dog Loves Books

Christina Straw said...

Hi! I have a 4 year old son and here are some of his favorites (from 3 until now)

- A House is a House for Me
- "A Sick Day for Amos McGee
- Goodnight Goodnight, Construction SIte
- Even Monsters Need Haircuts
- Go Dog Go!
- Dragons Love Tacos
- Those Darn Squirrels!
- Up and Down - by Jeffers
- Otto the Book Bear
- Memoirs of a Goldfish
- The Circus Ship
- Dog Loves Books

Judy said...

Anything Sandra Boynton. Red hat, Green hat is our favorite. I'm not sure how she manages to make the books funny for kids and adults. :)

jennbordr93 said...

My favorite books when I was young were Patricia Polocco's books!! So enriching. I remember I used to tear up when my mom read them to me because the stories were so beautiful to me. They might be a teensy bit old for Toby but the stories and illustrations are culturally enriching and poignant I my mind, even today :)

Kathleen O'Reilly said...

My boy is 8 now and has always loved books...these are a few we've read repeatedly:


Mo Willems all the way - my boy LOVES the Elephant and Piggie books and Don't Let the Chicken Drive the Bus

Otis (by Loren Long - Otis is a tractor with a big heart)

Little Blue Truck (love the rhyme, and a friend gave it to us with a little blue toy truck and all the animals in the story that fit in the back - SO adorable)

Press Here (so, so magical)

And his favorite of all, and one of my favorites to read - Ferdinand the Bull. Swoon.

Happy reading!

Anne said...

Shhh! By Sally Grindley. Toddlers love it! (And I loved reading this with my little girl as well)

SH said...

The Gruffulo, Room on the Broom, Tyrannasaurus Drip (all Julia Donaldson) and then the Aliens love Underpants books. Still favourites. I have 6 & 4.5YO boys and a 10m old girl :)

brooke-elizabeth said...

Some favorites in our family…
- If you give a mouse a cupcake
- A Sick Day for Amos Megee

We have also had books personalized through Pottery Barn, which the kids truly enjoy because they have their names throughout.

Hope you find some that you all can enjoy together. :)

Emilou said...

goodnight goodnight construction site is THE BEST

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Holly said...

My sons (5 on Friday, eek! and 16 months) love the Gossie & Friends books by Olivier Dunrea; the Olivia books by Ian Falconer; anything by Richard Scarry and Mercer Mayer; and we've just discovered the Harry books by Gene Zion. So, so delightful. Happy reading with your sweet boys!

Hannah Campbell said...

The Best Pet of All (by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama) is my favorite to give to expecting parents and young kids. A perfect little story and charming illustrations.

Ms. Magpie said...

Just a few of our old favorites:
Old Bear (by Jane Hissey,)
Any of the Babar or Madeline books
Caps for Sale
Jamberry
Bread and Jam for Frances
And any of the Sandra Boynton books!

Elizabeth Barto said...

Where the Wild Things Are
If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Grover said...

When my kids were little it was Mouse Mess hands down!

Emily M Hughes said...

Hi Joanna!
I've been following your blog since I first started uni, I've read all about Toby's birth and now little Antons, and I'm excited about the prospect of all the good books they'll get to take in for the first time.
This is a great recommendation list filled with all the classics (Ox Cart man- ultimate winner, also Gyo Fujikawa's 'Oh What a Beautiful day')

I am a children's illustrator/writer, and I just did my first book, Wild with flying eye press
(from a bigger British graphics comp.- Nobrow- that just opened a branch in NY!!!) and they make really lovely beautiful books (no bias, promise)

You can check them out here- they do prize themselves on using quality materials, so something nice for parents and kids--
http://www.flyingeyebooks.com/

Hope this doesn't seem like self-promotion (and sorry for all the parenthesis ;)

xx

Oh blerg. said...

Anything by Robert McCloskey was my favorite when I was little. Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and the best one of all Time of Wonder (beautiful watercolor illustrations that took me to another world). I still cherish them all.

cindyleed said...

We love all of Eric Carle's books in our house. Also the Little Critter and Berenstein Bear books are a big hit. We have two boys also, 6 and 3. These books have been wonderful because the pictures are great and the words are simple enough that our 6 year old can read them to the 3 yr old now! I also loved Amelia Bedelia as a child and my boys seem to enjoy them too. The 6 yr old gets most of the jokes but not all and the 3 yr old I think just laughs because his older brother is. Also, I tend to have luck with most Caldecott Award winning books.

cindyleed said...

We love all of Eric Carle's books in our house. Also the Little Critter and Berenstein Bear books are a big hit. We have two boys also, 6 and 3. These books have been wonderful because the pictures are great and the words are simple enough that our 6 year old can read them to the 3 yr old now! I also loved Amelia Bedelia as a child and my boys seem to enjoy them too. The 6 yr old gets most of the jokes but not all and the 3 yr old I think just laughs because his older brother is. Also, I tend to have luck with most Caldecott Award winning books.

Patricia said...
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Patricia said...

Bark George. And my boys are 14 and 10 and we still love this one. It will always make me laugh.

Oh blerg. said...

Anything by Robert McCloskey was my favorite when I was little. Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and the best one of all Time of Wonder (beautiful watercolor illustrations that took me to another world). I still cherish them all.

Elizabeth Barbee said...

Bootsie Barker Bites was one of my favorites as a little one and it taught me the meaning of the word archaeology. Other suggestions: Purple, Green, and Yellow and Mrs. Nelson is Missing

Elizabeth Barbee said...

Bootsie Barker Bites was one of my favorites as a little one and it taught me the meaning of the word archaeology. Other suggestions: Purple, Green, and Yellow and Mrs. Nelson is Missing

Amy said...

The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf. It's simple but so sweet. I volunteer as a reading mentor with elementary schoolers, and my little guys have all loved this book.

Aleisha said...

The Little Engine That Could by Wady Piper
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
The Big Honey Hunt (Berenstain Bears)
The Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca
Choo Choo by Virginia Lee Burton

Catherine said...

From a British perspective, my kids and I love...
Oliver Jeffers, Lost & Found (the animation film is stunning too)
The Tiger who came to Tea
We're going on a bear hunt
Mr Magnolia (...has only one boot)
The Giant Jam Sandwich
Most of the author Julia Donaldson's work, Gruffalo especially!
The Jolly/Jolly Christmas Postman

JennyDSweetie said...

Joanna, did it have to be "dudes"? How about, your favorite books for little kids?

My favorite children's book is Corduroy! Such a sweet story, and fun for imagining when you're out shopping.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

"How I Became a Pirate" is our favorite right now (two boys 2.5 and 9m) and we also love/require "Llama, Llama Time to Share" :)

Unknown said...

little blue truck
spooky old tree

Marie Adamo said...

the best nest! and a fish out of water. loved the illustrations by P.D. Eastman.

We also always read anything Berenstein Bears, and Little Critters.

Marie said...

'we're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen

'The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business' is SO good and is my favorite!

and all of Oliver Jeffers books!

melanie said...

My little girl loves Caps for Sale.

Josephine said...

I have 2 little dudes aswell (Oliver is the same age as Toby), and favourite books around these parts include:
- All of the books by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo, etc) are brilliant – the current favourite is The Highway Rat.
- 'Again!' by Emily Gravett http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0330544039
- 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' by Ian Whybrow + Adrian Reynolds
- 'The Wrong Book'by Nick Bland http://www.bookworld.com.au/book/the-wrong-book/6969178/?gclid=CIONpMnbtbsCFUZapQodsysAwA

I could go on, but you have a lot of suggestions already! Happy reading :-)

Tina said...

Click, Clack, Moo is all time fav for my 3 1/2 year old little dude. Any of the Llama Llama books are good too. Sheep in a Jeep and Duck in a Truck are good too. And he loves his sister's Pinkalicious books too!

Jody said...

The Hello, Goodbye Window! You must get it! Also, anything by Shana Corey, Selina Alko and Sean Qualls (all great books plus they are beautiful as well!) And how about Rosie Opens the Door by Maurice Sendak?

LDF said...

Iggy Peck Architect. Anything by Mo Willems or Mac Barnett.

Louise said...

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780763655983 I want my hat back is SO great.

Erin said...

Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Goes to the City! Both are fantastic! My daughter is 3.5.

jludo said...

I cant believe this my first time posting to your lovely blog, but i had to share two of our favorites. both books the boys really enjoy, i also like reading over and over (very important)...
Owl Moon and
The Maggie B
Well written and beautifully illustrated.

posse said...

my son's favorite board book: "i love you, stinky face"
second favorite: "little gorilla"

Courtney Suzanne said...

My son, who turns three next month, goes through phases with books. Right now he's obsessed with Sesame Street's "The Great Cookie Thief." It's out of print, but I think there's an app version of it.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (or really ANY Eric Carle book)

He was previously obsessed with "Caps for Sale."

Richard Scarry's "Nicky Goes to the Doctor" My son runs around telling me he has to go to the doctor so they can hit his knee with a hammer because of this book.

Sara said...

the Olivia books by Ian Falconer .. they're so funny and wonderfully illustrated, you'll enjoy them, too!

Sara said...

Also Sam's Sandwich - his mischievous side will appreciate that.

kv barn said...

my boys love winnie the witch(by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul) and little red train (by Benedict Blathwayt) books! they are totally different styles, but both have great stories and wonderful, very intricate and fun illustrations!!!

MMChicago said...

My son (now 7) loves:
Leonardo the terrible monster
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Spoon
Ferdinand

madeline said...

My son is two and he is obsessed with The Cat At Night by Dahlov Ipocar. It's an absolutely beautiful book! He also likes How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? My three year old daughter loves the Strega Nona books, Eloise, and The Paper Princess (so sweet.) They both love anything by Syd Hoff (Sammy the Seal, Oliver, Chester, Danny and the Dinosaur.) But honestly the best thing to do is just make bi-monthly library trips! My kids love picking new books and it keeps you from getting bored.

small + friendly said...

Here are some of my little dude's favorites: http://www.smallfriendly.com/small-friendly/2012/06/baby-book-club-current-favorites.html
And he adores Look! A Book!

little t said...

Hi Jo,

I've taught Kindergarten for the past two years to around the same age group (3-4 years)and books that went down really well were:

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (a really beautiful book which most of the kids preferred to The Gruffalo... although very popular too)

And for the fun element:-
Mr Brown can moo, can you (so much fun trying to make all the noises and deciding what your favourite noise is...)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The kids in my class were OBSESSED with this one, since they love being put 'in charge' for a change. The obsession reached a new level when I showed them how to draw the (very simple) illustration and they realised they could draw it as well as Teacher could.

Nelson Sullivan said...

I bought Chu's Day for a friend's son and it quickly became his favorite bed time story. http://www.amazon.com/Chus-Day-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0062017810/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387233093&sr=8-1&keywords=Chu%27s+Day

Nelson Sullivan said...

I bought Chu's Day for a friend's son and it quickly became his favorite bed time story. http://www.amazon.com/Chus-Day-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0062017810/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387233093&sr=8-1&keywords=Chu%27s+Day

Camp Administrator said...

Ahhh anything by eric carle! And library lion is a great one...so sweet though it is a bit long...also you must must must read '"press here" to toby..it's such an interactive and fun book!

Kali McFarland said...

I'm a preschool teacher, and my kids love No, David! They're also big fans of the Llama Llama books (Llama Llama in Pajamas, Llama Llama Mad at Mama) and the Maisy books (Maisy Goes Shopping).

Erin said...

Check out Punk Rock Farm! Since Toby is into music like my little guy he will love it.

cmalcolm said...

I've been reading your blog for the last couple years, I do not comment often but I couldn't help it today.
My mom actually wrote a children's book this past year and it's really cute. It's great for younger children because of it's awesome animations, but it's also a great chapter book for starting readers.

http://www.pigandtoad.com/

Emily said...

Love the Pigeon books.. "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late"... basically anything by Mo Willems in genius!

parisbeekids.com said...

Thanks for sharing those! We're on a mission to get Little Miss more books as well. My favourites and consequently hers are also Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.
When I was three I think I had a book for nursery rhymes that I used to beg to hear over and over. Perhaps Toby would like that?

xoxo PARIS BEE

hoopermom said...

my kids are teenagers but their fav book as little guys was I Love You Stinky Face. We read it over and over and made up our variations too. They still mention the book every so often, not just bc they loved it but bc the idea of unconditional love comes up a lot with teenagers! :)
Go buy it now! it's so sweet.


http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-You-Stinky-Face/dp/0439634695

Sara said...

My 2 year old is loving Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and How Does a Dinosaur Say Merry Christmas? so much at the moment! The humor in Mr. Tiger is perfect for little ones, and the pictures are gorgeous, I contemplated getting a copy to cut up and frame for her walls!

rnh said...

Frog and Toad! Those stories have taught my 3 year old about will power, being brave, being a good friend, and many many other lessons. They're classics!

Mary Jean said...

My new favorite is "You are my I Love You!" My daughter's favorite was "Rain Makes Applesauce."

ohio12 said...

I collect Richard Scarry books. You cannot have too many and they are ALL good. Great Big Schoolhouse is a favorite. There is a really good bear series by Karma Wilson. Stellaluna, Roxaboxen, City Green.

ohio12 said...

I collect Richard Scarry books. You cannot have too many and they are ALL good. Great Big Schoolhouse is a favorite. There is a really good bear series by Karma Wilson. Stellaluna, Roxaboxen, City Green.

Unknown said...

A pocket for Courdoroy!(Spelling?)
Harold and the purple Crayon.
All the Frances books.
The Sun Egg.

Unknown said...

The Napping House
by Audrey Wood...over and over and over and over....

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APratt said...

My Kids and I loved:
"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, "Swimmy" by Leo Lionni, and anything by Eric Carle. And, we read Richard Scarry's "Cars and Trucks from A to Z" (a board book) so many times that I can recite it to this day, and that was many years ago.

Kari said...

Trashy Town, Dinosaur Dig, Mike Mulligan

mishqui said...

When I was small by Sara O'Leary. One of three in a series. Beautiful gem of a book.

Kristian said...

One of my favorite stories at that age was Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes. Pretty basic- you meet the orchestra instruments and their animal players, but I think Toby would like it. Also, my mother just got a recording of her favorite book/record as a kid and is over the moon. It is so delightful- Tubby the Tubba.
Does he already have the children's book This is San Francisco?

AG said...

I am nannying for two little boys about the same ages as your doodles. The big hits these days are: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb; Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom; (both have incredible rhythm built in the text) Corderoy, and The Angry Ladybug

Alison said...

I don't have kids yet, but my 5 years younger brother used to make us read Earl's Too Cool for Me over and over and over again. He's 25 years old now, and I think I can still recite it by heart!
http://www.amazon.com/Earls-Too-Cool-Leah-Komaiko/dp/0060519142

Jessica said...

I absolutely love children's books and how special they can be to people! When I was 4-ish some of my favorites were:
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
- Harry the Dirty Dog
- The Snowy Day
- George and Martha Rise and Shine
- Stone Soup
- Madeline
- Corduroy
- Angelina Ballerina
- Caps for Sale
- Are You My Mother?
- Doctor De Soto
- Capyboppy

Kalie said...

Loved Amelia Bedelia!!
I suggest Hot Henry

lindsay klem said...

as a librarian, i highly recommend PRESS HERE by herve tullet. :)

Caitlyn U. said...

Angus and the Ducks
Angus and the Cat
Angus Lost

written in the 1930s - they are very sweet.

My daughter can't get enough of Bow Wow Bugs a Bug.

Toot & Puddle series

Chloe Bethan said...

I used to work at a pre-school (3+4 yr olds) and I loved the The Snail and the Whale by Julia Macdonaldson... I cried when I first read it!
It's a beautiful story about the world being bigger than you and embracing adventure.

Here's the link on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Snail-Whale-Julia-Donaldson/dp/0142405809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240023&sr=8-1&keywords=the+snail+and+the+whale

Chloe Bethan said...

I used to work at a pre-school (3+4 yr olds) and I loved the The Snail and the Whale by Julia Macdonaldson... I cried when I first read it!
It's a beautiful story about the world being bigger than you and embracing adventure.

Here's the link on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Snail-Whale-Julia-Donaldson/dp/0142405809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240023&sr=8-1&keywords=the+snail+and+the+whale

Marie said...

Anything by Mo Willems and Todd Parr. Also And Tango Makes Three is a lovely story set in the central park zoo. Do Not Open This Book is another favorite that you can really ham up!!

Julia Beckwith said...

My 3 year old nephew loves "Robot Rumpus" and "Dinosaurs love tacos"

beccainboston said...

Courderoy, love you forever

Super sweet books!

Unknown said...

Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins is pretty perfect. Just long enough, has characters, talks about the day and the park and all the things city kids do.

Melissa OMahony said...

The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. I'm a preschool teacher and I read a page or 2 everyday to my 4 year olds. They love it! It doesn't have that many pictures, but enough to keep them captivated. And the story is so magical and engaging, the children got used to not looking at the pictures.

janelle said...

Maybe a little too old for toby right now, but little house on the prairie books are still with me today. i'm 29 and will still reread them---still have my childhood copies. and i think boys will totally like them.

B. Proch said...

From a preschool teacher...

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Goodnight Gorilla
Giraffes Can't Dance

B. Proch said...

Also,

Are You My Llama?

Sarah said...

Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo

Kelly said...

I am a pre-k teacher and my kids LOVE Press Here by Herve Tulle, its a fun combo of old school book and new technology ideas.

http://www.amazon.com/Press-Here-Herve-Tullet/dp/0811879542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387241983&sr=8-1&keywords=press+here+by+herve+tullet

COCOCOZY said...

I like where is Coco Going by Sloane Tanen. Cute book about a little yellow chick who flies a plane. A friend gave it to me years ago because she liked the title!
xo
Coco
COCOCOZY

fynn. said...

My daughter is 4.5yo and we love books. No, we are obsessed with books! Seriously.. she alone has almost 300 and the collection is growing now that she is reading by herself and we're collecting self readers.
Some of our favorites for ages 3+ are included below (sorry I couldn't narrow the list down shorter.. I just get so excited about children's books and surrounding little ones with reading materials!)

-Go Dog Go! by PD Eastman
-Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calemnson
-Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
-Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes by Brian Cleary (GREAT ABC BOOK!)
-Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
-Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
-The Snail and the Whale & The Gruffalo & Room on the Broom all by Julia Donaldson
-My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
-Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
-A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee & Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat & A Home for Bird all by Philip Christian Stead
-Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
-Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
-The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
-The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas
-The Hound from the Pound by Jill McElmurry
-The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
-Big Wolf & Little Wolf by Nadine Brun Cosme
-Flight of the Dodo by Peter Brown
-The Price Won't Go to Bed by Dayle Ann Dodds
-The Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
-Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer
-Lenore Finds a Friend by Jon Katz
-Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
-Rosie Revere Engineer & Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty

Carolyn said...

The giving tree by Shel Silverstein , and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson were alltime favourites of mine.

zurbbert said...

Susan Perl's Park Peepl (if you can find it) It's abiut a group of animals that love and explore Central Park. Great rhymes, great pictures.

Heidi said...

My kids are now 6 and 4, but around age 3 we started reading the Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel, which are fab for parents and kids alike. We also love The Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni.

Katie said...

The book "Press Here" by Herve Tullet and "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin are a hit with my kids and we always give them for birthday presents. Happy Reading!

Danielle said...

Good Dog, Carl
Danny and the Dinosaur
If you Give a Blank a Blank books ALL OF THEM
Stinky Cheese Man
Goodnight, Gorilla

Jo Bertani said...

Pete the Cat I love my white shoes is great for boys! The author reads it out loud with music and this audio can be downloaded free!!!

Emily Friend said...

I know it's late, but Bear and Mrs. Duck. It is the loveliest children's story about being left behind with a sitter. I love it still as an adult.

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Jess said...

I have a just over two year old and he loves reading "This is Not My Hat" by Jon Klassen. He also likes reading "I Want my Hat Back" by Jon Klassen too, which has already been recommended a bunch. Another one we love to read is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems which is a great story about not being afraid to be yourself (and you get to say the word "naked" a lot, which toddlers think is kind of funny... and if I'm honest, me too). We also just got the book "Go, Dog, Go" by P.D. Eastman which I thought was really dumb but reading it through the third time, my toddler started filling in all the words. He loves to "read" it with me (and sits up in bed at night sometimes reading it too).

Harriet said...

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. My son got it at two and it is still a favorite now that he's 4. We have literally read it hundreds of times. Finding Goldbug on every page is extra fun! We love everything by Richard Scarry. Other great boy books are Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Duck in the Truck, The Gruffalo, Pete the Cat series, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel and Curious George.
Happy reading!

Harriet said...

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. My son got it at two and it is still a favorite now that he's 4. We have literally read it hundreds of times. Finding Goldbug on every page is extra fun! We love everything by Richard Scarry. Other great boy books are Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Duck in the Truck, The Gruffalo, Pete the Cat series, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel and Curious George.
Happy reading!

Kate said...

That's wonderful that he wants books! Both my brother and I loved all the Beatrix Potter stories when we were that age...also, anything Tomie DePaola!

Melissa Moody said...

+100 for all of the Richard Scarry books... Cars and Trucks and Things that Go is one that we had from the 70s and my brothers' time. Now my little man (2), although I bought him a *new* copy... he demands "Uncle Andy and John's book"!

- Ferdinand
- Chicken Soup with Rice
- (since you like Along a Long Road)... also try: A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
- any of my old art history textbooks.... we look at the pictures and talk about what he sees. I just LOVE doing this as an activity and it's always amazing to hear what they see and what they think about pictures. There are lots of kids book versions of this, but any old art book will do...

Meredith Alexander said...

FUN!!! Book shopping! Check out this list of favorties here:

http://www.milkandbookies.org/childrens-books/

Nothing I love more than shopping for new story books. Happy holidays!

Two Cent Sparrow said...

A Sick Day from Amos McGee really is wonderful! Great illustrations and a darling story. My 4 yr old son also loves the Elephant and the Piggy books by Mo Willems, No David and Duck on A Bike by David Shannon, and Richard Scary. He actually first picked a Richard Scary book by himself when we were at the library a year ago and he hasn't been able to get enough since.

Two Cent Sparrow said...

A Sick Day from Amos McGee really is wonderful! Great illustrations and a darling story. My 4 yr old son also loves the Elephant and the Piggy books by Mo Willems, No David and Duck on A Bike by David Shannon, and Richard Scary. He actually first picked a Richard Scary book by himself when we were at the library a year ago and he hasn't been able to get enough since.

Sunday Granger said...

I'd add on 'The Gruffalo' (and anything else by Julia Donaldson, like Room on the Broom), 'Mr Chicken goes to Paris' and Where the Wild Things are :) Happy reading!

ETS said...

Anything by Oliver Jeffers! I think my husband and I appreciate the humor as much as our toddler loves the pictures...

Erin (Just call me Mayhem) said...

My twin boys are three and a half too and they love the Little Blue Truck series. So cute and it teaches nice things like sharing and helping. They also love anything by Eric Carl. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a memorized favorite in our house. :) Happy reading.

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog and Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late. Both Hilarious, easy to read, and the illustrations never get old and super funny. MUST HAVE books for boys. My boys are 7 &5 - even my 3 year old daughter loves.

Angie P said...

I'm an elementary school librarian and my preK kids LOVE the Elephant and Piggie series!

Elizabeth Carson said...

Pete the Cat and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (and the other books in the series)!

Elizabeth Carson said...

Oh, also If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If You Give A Pig A Party, etc. Ottie and the Star and But No Elephants were also classics for me!

Gen said...

Anything by Julia Donaldson - the Gruffalo is a must have, Room on a Broom, the Snail and the Whale.

Also - and these are Australian but I'm sure you could get them in USA - Edward the Emu is a lovely read and Where is the Green Sheep is perfect as it's repetetive - so he could "read" it himself using picture cues and from memory. Fantastic for 3 - 4 years old.

And don't forget Dr Seuss!

Julia said...

I've seen it a bunch in the comments already, but I have to add it as well: I Want My Hat Back is my favorite book. It is so funny and makes me laugh every time. There's a sequel too, and anything by Jon klassen is fantastic. I teach 1st grade, one of the books that gauranteed every kid LOVES is Yo! Yes! It's about friendship and its a really simple story that the kiddos can start to read and act out on their own too. Another one that always makes me smile (and I've read it a gazillion times)

Astrid, Mike, Leon + Oliver said...

My boys love Twenty big trucks in the middle of the streets, a fun counting book for littles. Lots of fun details to discover and nice rhyming words.

Lele said...

Llama Llama Red Pajama is a delight to read, and the three year olds in my class LOVED it!

Laura said...

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry. There is a little "Gold Bug" hidden on every page. We all loved it when we were kids. Can't go wrong with it!

Eliza said...

If he has the attention span for Amelia Bedrlia, he (& you) will love the Frog and Toad books, the Little Bear books, and the Frances books! So fun!! Even my older ones love them.

Clare said...

I have so many favorites from when I was a child. My mom collects childrens books, especially ones with beautiful illustrations. These are a few of the best ones: "Grand Father Twilight"; "Trouble with Trolls (Jan Brett); "Blueberries for Sal" (Robert McClosky); "East of the Sun, West of the Moon"; Fritz and the Beautiful Horses (Jan Brett); The Napping House by Audrey Wood; The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein;We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; and The Dancing Man by Ruth Bornstein.

Nicole P said...

Hi Jo!

Your two boys are so sweet.

I have an 18 month old son and 4 and 6 year old nephews... so we've read plenty of 'little dude' books :)

The ones at the top of their lists are:

1. books by Chris Van Dusen (If I Built a Car; If I Built a House; A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee; and many others

2. Listen, Listen By Phylis Gershator (and lovely illustrations by Alison Jay)

3. I Took the Moon for a Walk By Carolyn Curtis (also illustrated by the talented Alison Jay)

4. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

5. Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Leads the Way

6. Otis By Loren Long (there is also a new An Otis Christmas book!)

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!!! :) You'll have to post and let us know which ones Toby receives for Christmas.

Carrie said...

My son is going to be a year old on Friday. His favorite books are, Not a Box, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Dear Zoo, Where is Baby's Bellybutton, Peekaboo Kisses and Moo, Baa, La, La, La.

Leisha said...

Being a household with two librarians, we are in no shortage of recommended reads, but PLEASE do buy your son the Okee Dokee Brothers - Can You Canoe CD. It was one of the best things that happened to our family this year, seriously. The liner notes read like a book so I think this counts. Beautiful.

Becky said...

We've read a collection of Roald Dahl books with our sons and they love them. We started when our oldest son was 3. Now that they've finished those we are on to "The Chronicles of Narnia." I'm always amazed at how much the glean from picture-less chapter books, even at such a young age.

Jenny Williams said...

Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent!

Amullinix1 said...

Possum Come a Knockin' and When I was Young in the Mountains are my two favorite children's books. I am a preschool teacher and all the kids in my class are getting Possum Come a Knockin' for Christmas. My parents read both books to me so much as a child, I had them memorized before I learned to read. It is still so special to read those books, especially when I have the chance to share them with the children that are a part of my life.

Abigail said...

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is still my favorite book ever. I plan to give it to all the little ones in my life forever.

Chelsea said...

My 2.5 year old son loves Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle. He also loves Oh No! by Candace Fleming.

Abigail said...

Also, (two comments, yikes! wasn't thinking!) I randomly came across Dragons Love Tacos and gave it to a friend's kid last year, and it quickly became his favorite multiple reads before bed book!

Lisa said...

An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton - check it out. His first book is also unreal. I found this book whilst babysitting & give it to every new mom & child I know.

Ali said...

I too agree with Alexander and the Terrible....my three year old has it memorized and it's the cutest thing. We also like Good Night Good Night Construction Site.

Craft Girl said...

My son is almost 2 and he is a big reader (listener). Some of our favorites are:

The A to Z Book of Wild Animals: An Alphabet Adventure Hardcover
by Peter David Scott

Lemons Are Not Red
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A House Is a House for Me
by Mary Ann Hoberman

Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Busines
by Esphyr Slobodkina

Corduroy
by Don Freeman

All Kinds of Kisses
by Nancy Tafuri

A New Coat for Anna
by Harriet Ziefert

maxandbruno said...

Any book by my favourite author: Oliver Jeffers....Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star, The Way Back Home. I love his illustrations and how he writes. His books are whimsical and the art work is beautiful.

kayla said...

Books are my FAVORITE gift to give to kids. I don't have any yet myself, but some books that I still remember vividly that I loved as a kid (my dad used to read them to me) are:

The Legend of Pecos Bill by Terry Small
(not even in print anymore?? but so good)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-LEGEND-OF-PECOS-BILL-Written-Illustrated-by-TERRY-SMALL-Childrens-HC-/171194564496

The Enchanted Tapestry
http://www.amazon.com/The-Enchanted-Tapestry-Robert-Souci/dp/0803703066

The Stinky Cheese Man
http://www.amazon.com/Stinky-Cheese-Other-Fairly-Stupid/dp/067084487X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387258582&sr=1-1&keywords=the+stinky+cheeseman+and+other+fairly+stupid+tales

The Napping House
http://www.amazon.com/Napping-House-Audrey-Wood/dp/0152026320/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387258619&sr=1-1&keywords=the+napping+house+by+audrey+wood

Seven Silly Eaters
http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Silly-Eaters-Mary-Hoberman/dp/0152024409/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387258688&sr=1-1&keywords=seven+silly+eaters

Kumi said...

My son is almost 2, these are some of our favorites:

The A to Z Book of Wild Animals: An Alphabet Adventure
by Peter David Scott

Lemons Are Not Red
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A House Is a House for Me
by Mary Ann Hoberman

Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Busines
by Esphyr Slobodkina

Corduroy
by Don Freeman

All Kinds of Kisses
by Nancy Tafuri

A New Coat for Anna
by Harriet Ziefert

Melanie said...

Possum Magic and Koala Lou, two of my most favourite from growing up!

Melanie said...

Possum Magic and Koala Lou, two of my most favourite from growing up!

L said...

Though I don't have children myself, I have hundreds of students. Kids love Oliver Jeffers' books (Stuck, The Great Paper Caper + The Incredible Book-Eating Boy being among the students favourites) plus his illustrations are beautiful. Jon Klassen also has some fabulous books with lovely illustrations as well (I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat + Extra Yarn). My kindergarteners always ask to hear Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, at least once a day.

Emily @ Little Bits of Delight said...

Leonardo The Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems. I don't have kids, but my kindergarten students LOVE this one, and so do I!

Susan said...

10 minutes till bedtime, goodnight gorilla, anything by Richard Scarry, 10 monkey's jumping on the bed, goodnight goodnight construction site

Maim├Ądchen said...

The most beautiful book I know for kids is "Guess How Much I Love You" from Sam McBratney. To be honest: I think it's also the most beautiful book for parents ;)

http://www.amazon.com/Guess-How-Much-Love-You/dp/0763642649/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387265438&sr=1-2&keywords=i+love+you+to+the+moon+and+back

Julia Mallett said...

Baa Baa Smart Sheep and its sequel, I Love Lemonade are hilarious - written by a husband and wife team who live on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand.
In the first one, Baa Baa tricks quirky turkey into eating his poo by telling him they are smarty tablets. In the sequel, Quirky Turkey attempts to get his revenge... completely hilarious!!!

Grisgawa said...

I highly recommend the books by Kathryn Ono:
One
Zero

I spotted them in a few museum bookstores a couple of years ago and am so glad I purchased them-- my 3 1/2 yr old son loves both books, and they've been a hit with his older sisters as well. So well done!

JoyceMama said...
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Allison said...

We love the Frog & Toad stories. They are simple but hilarious, ("Cookies" is a perennial favourite in our house).

I think every child, boy or girl, needs a healthy dose of Robert Munsch. Particularly "The Paperbag Princess".

Megan Van Den Eng said...

I don't have kids but I must say the books that I remember most as a kid that I loved were:
Little Bear
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
A Fly Went By
A Rumble in the Jungle
The Digging-est Dog

Cristina said...

maybe your son would like this
one:
http://www.kalandraka.com/en/colections/collection-name/book-details/ver/a-taste-of-the-moon/

;^)

Cristina said...

maybe your son would like this
one:
http://www.kalandraka.com/en/colections/collection-name/book-details/ver/a-taste-of-the-moon/

;^)

JCrow said...

"Poems by A. Nonny Mouse" - compiled and written by Jack Prelutsky. I'm not sure if this is still in print, but it's got great nonsense poems that are written on my memory permanently. Plus, the illustrations by Henrik Drescher are out of this world crazy amazing.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2472716.Poems_of_A_Nonny_Mouse

Modern favorites include "Not a Box" by Antoinette Portis and the Elephant & Piggy Books, especially "We Are In a Book"

http://www.amazon.com/Not-Box-Antoinette-Portis/dp/0061994421

http://www.amazon.com/We-Are-Book-Elephant-Piggie/dp/1423133080/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387269633&sr=1-11&keywords=elephant+and+piggie

Wendy Wainwright said...

The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. The illustrations are amazing. My one year old likes the cadence of the poem and the high contrast illustrations. My first graders love it for the detail in the illustrations and because kids actually like poetry since they don't feel as unable to find the meaning or whatever that intimidates us!

Wendy Wainwright said...

The Spider and the Fly illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. The illustrations are amazing. My one year old likes the cadence of the poem and the high contrast illustrations. My first graders love it for the detail in the illustrations and because kids actually like poetry since they don't feel as unable to find the meaning or whatever that intimidates us!

mamalooks said...

I have a 3 year old, and some of his (and my) favourites are:

Picture My Day
Following the Sun
Let's Go
Brrrr: A Book of Winter
We are Going on a Bear Hunt

He also loves "A Town All Year Round" that you mentioned.

more here: http://mamalooks.wordpress.com/tag/kids-books/

Erin Maliszewski said...

If you like Mo Williams, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and all of the Elephant and Piggie bigs are a bit hit at our house. Also, Pete the Cat is amazing. Silly Sally Went to Town. Lama Lama books as well. Happy Reading! My daughters are 3.5 and 6.5.

Rebecca Norris said...

Have you seen The Jolly Postman Joanna?
(There's also a Jolly Christmas Postman)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jolly-Postman-Janet-Ahlberg/dp/0670886246

It's a beautifully illustrated book with pull out letters to read and perfect for when little hands get a bit more mindful as Toby gets older. My sister had it and I now buy it for my god children and friends gifts as it's such a beautiful book.

(The same Author wrote Peepo! and Each Peach Pear Plum)

Iameryka said...

I work at a pre-school and the kids will go nuts if you offer to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

The Pete the Cat series is also great and who doesn't love The Hungry Little Caterpillar?

But you are right about Brown Bear, instant classic.

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