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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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jill said...

Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things that Go is a classic and highly approved by my three boys. So much so that we had to buy a copy for each of them because the previous copy never made it intact to the next child. Toby will love it!

myheartscontentblog.com said...

My little boy (just 4) spent all last year loving Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck goes to the city. They're also both my husband and my favourites of all his books. We also loved 'Keep your mouth shut dear'.

myheartscontentblog.com said...

My little boy (just 4) spent all last year loving Little Blue Truck and Little Blue Truck goes to the city. They're also both my husband and my favourites of all his books. We also loved 'Keep your mouth shut dear'.

Joanna Goddard said...

jill, that is so cute!

Sara Po'oi said...

I have a little boy and was very surprised by his love for Madaline, he love love loves it!

Angela Minicuci said...

What a GREAT question! I love sharing this book with friends :) My all-time favorite book growing up was Tikki Tikki Tembo: http://www.amazon.com/Tikki-Tembo-Arlene-Mosel/dp/0312367481/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387214562&sr=8-1&keywords=tikki+tembo

The moral of the story isn't anything grand but it's entertaining and short for kids who are getting into reading.

C said...

Good Night Gorilla, Hug, and anything Dr. Seuss

Barbara said...

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is by far my favorite book to read to kids. It still resonates now. "My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia."

I also love to read Dear Zoo and Green Eggs and Ham.

M.M. said...

Ferdinand and Caps for Sale. :)

Brooke said...

When I was 3... and honestly till this day... the book The Happy Hockey Family was my favorite!

It was written by Lane Smith, and has cute little stories for each of the family members. The illustrations are amazing and to this day my parents and i always tell stories in the style of the baby. I highly recommend it! I told my friend about it who has a 4 year old boy and he loved it! http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Hocky-Family-Lane-Smith/dp/0140557717

tawnya said...

RUN and get the Piggie and Gerald books by Mo Willems (anything, by Mo Willems, actually). They are the BEST.

Lauren Tracy said...

My son and daughter both love The Little Blue Truck! There's also one that the Little Blue Truck goes to the city! They are always in my baby shower gift! Your boys will love them!

Jill said...

My kids (5 and 3) LOVE "Those Darn Squirrels" and "Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door"...and we think they are pretty funny too.

noranicholas said...

There were a series of books I used to read when I was a kid about a boy called Emil and all of his naughty antics - they are written by Astrid Lindgren who wrote Pippi Longstocking (also amazing). They can be a bit hard to find, but they are amazing!! My favorites were Emil's Pranks, Emil and His Clever Pig, and Emil and the Soup Tureen.

Amber said...

My 2 year-old loves anything with trains. His current favorites are Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis and Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker. We've also been loving The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt--he asks to read about Duncan and his Crayons just about every night.

Jill said...

PS - I graduated from U of M the same year you did - go blue!

Trish said...

You can follow up on the life of Maxi the Dog with "Maxi the Hero"!! My guy is 9 and we still love to pull this one out - through we both know it by heart!!!

Amanda Gwaltney said...

My little brother loved One Duck Stuck and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Those are both fun and enjoyable for little dudes :)

toandfromage.com said...

Growing up, my brother and I loved the Little Critter books. We read them over and over.

Julia Neary said...

My Mum gave me the book "Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You" by Nancy Tillman for my birthday last year because I was moving to France from Canada. It was such a touching message, that she would love me wherever I was. It is such an amazing children's book and the illustrations are beautiful.

www.mapleandmacaron.blogspot.com

Andrea Chong said...

I loved Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. We bought Babar, Curious George and Dr. Suess books for our 3 year-old nephew this Christmas

Sarah Victora said...

My mom had to hide the Richard Scary book from me when I was a kid because it is the ONLY thing I wanted to read. She needed a break! It must be a winner!

Julia Neary said...

Also try the Percy the Park Keeper books. They are super cute with lots of animals. I was completely obsessed with them as a kid and are perfect for boys!

authenticparenting said...

There are many books that my 5 year LOVES. One of our favorites now is Knuckles's Christmas Tree. I would highly recommend. At the end of the book there is a fun, family activity.

Nichole McIver said...

My son is about the same age as Toby and he loves the following:

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site
Any Little Critter Books
Hand Hand Fingers Thumb
Bears on Wheels

Dana Levy said...

I don't know of any other child who read it as much as I did (or requested it be read every night before bedtime), but The Araboolies of Liberty Street (http://www.amazon.com/The-Araboolies-Liberty-Street-Swope/dp/0374303908) is a colorful book about the power of children and celebration of human difference.

Stephanie Swain said...

My niece LOVES this book called "Scapegoat - The Story of a Goat Named Oat and a Chewed Up Coat." She's 3 and thinks it is HILARIOUS. I give it to all my friends with kids now.

Emmy M. said...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Polar Express
Where the Wild Things Are

Lauren Tracy said...

Also, we love Dear Zoo, Giraffes Can't Dance, Knuffle Bunny, Chrysanthemum and Stellaluna. My kids are 4 and 2! Good luck!!!

~Love Lis said...

I love the Snowy Day, Grandfather's Journey, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Blackout, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Chicken Sunday, anything Berenstain Bears, Roxaboxen, Amelia Bedelia, Stellaluna, Two of Everything, The Rainbow Fish, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie . . ., Strega Nona, etc. I think my list could go on and on! I love children's books and think it's so sweet that Toby wants books for Christmas!

My favorite of all time is the Just So Stories. My dad started reading it to me when I was about Toby's age. I can still quote a few of them by heart.
xo

Kelley said...

"Iggy Peck Architect" by Andrea Beatty is one of my son's all time favorites. Great illustrations, positive message, fun rhyming.

Salt & Nectar said...

My toddler son loves Richard Scarry books, Iggy Peck Architect, Mouk, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Harry The Dirty Dog, Dragons Love Tacos...

Liz Atchison said...

My kids (and my friends kids, too) LOVE Koo Koo Kanga Roo's "Unicorns R Real" book. They cannot get enough.

The book also goes along with the band's song, Unicorns R Real, it's so much fun and a book that is read over and over at our house.

You can order one at kookookangaroo.com if you're interested.

Jessica said...

Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace: Books

Jessica said...

Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace: Books

i'm stephanie. said...

harry the dirty dog is a classic. =)

Robin in NoCo said...

Ruth Stiles Gannett - My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, The Dragons of Blueland! They're a bit longer but we found that around Toby's age our kids really started to appreciate a "to be continued" story that would take them through several nap- and bed-times.

Kayla said...

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is HILARIOUS and even better when read aloud!

Shelley Lane Kommers said...

my son's favorite is "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime": it's adorable!

Kelsey Warner said...

Frederick
http://www.amazon.com/Frederick-Leo-Lionni/dp/0394826140

Blueberries for Sal http://www.amazon.com/Blueberries-Viking-Kestrel-picture-books/dp/0670175919/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387215237&sr=1-1&keywords=blueberries+for+sal

Make Way for Ducklings
http://www.amazon.com/Ducklings-Viking-Kestrel-picture-books/dp/0670451495/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387215383&sr=1-1&keywords=make+way+for+ducklings

noranicholas said...

There were a series of books I used to read when I was a kid about a boy called Emil and all of his naughty antics - they are written by Astrid Lindgren who wrote Pippi Longstocking (also amazing). They can be a bit hard to find, but they are amazing!! My favorites were Emil's Pranks, Emil and His Clever Pig, and Emil and the Soup Tureen.

Rebecca said...

This is a favorite that I liked to read to my godson...http://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Jeanne-Willis/dp/1416914900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387215536&sr=8-1&keywords=gorilla+gorilla

Ashley B. said...

Preschool teacher here - you HAVE to read "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen. Really anything by him is great - quirky stories and beautiful images. Also, Oliver Jeffers is a wonderful children's illustrator that I would recommend. What a great mama for giving the gift of books and reading for Christmas!

Erica Fabrizio said...

My husband, Jamison Odone, writes and illustrates children's books actually. His most recent was a book called Mole Had Everything. You should check it out!!

http://www.amazon.com/Mole-Had-Everything-Jamison-Odone/dp/1609052242

Jade Sheldon said...

Extra yarn! And pretty much every other book illustrated by Jon Klassen

Janet said...

Bark George by Jules Feiffer makes my three-year old CRACK UP. He was just reciting it at breakfast this morning and laughing like crazy. My son is also big-time into cars, so his other current favorite is Cars Galore by Peter Stein. Super fun illustrations.

Ashley B. said...

Preschool teacher here - you HAVE to read "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen. Really anything by him is great - quirky stories and beautiful images. Also, Oliver Jeffers is a wonderful children's illustrator that I would recommend. What a great mama for giving the gift of books and reading for Christmas!

Angela said...

My son is 3 1/2, and these are his favorites:

The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit - John Carter Cash

Little Blue Truck - Alice Schertle

One - Kathryn Otashi

One Dog Canoe - Mary Casanova

A Good Night Walk - Elisha Cooper

SashaK said...

I second Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. My 2-year-old loves it. The author's other book Children Make Terrible Pets is adorable too, but my daughter hasn't wanted to look at it yet. I want my Hat Back is also great.

auste said...

My little one (14 months) doesn't really sit still through full stories yet, but I've been growing her library in anticipation... Two of *MY* current favorites to read to her are "The Day the Crayons Quit" (it's BRILLIANT) and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus" (I think Toby would get a kick out of the interactive part of yelling "NO!" to the pigeon)... I'll keep some of your favorites bookmarked as she grows and our library fills out:)

Julie said...

I love this game! A few great ones that spring to mind:

Open This Little Book
Building Our House
Pidgeon books by Mo Willems
Old Bear (esp. if he's a fan of Brown Bear!)

Ashley Perfonic said...

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and The Gruffalo and favourites of all my friend's little boys.

Unknown said...

I recommend Oliver Jeffers books! Funny and cute! The pictures are also simple and adorable:)

Maddie said...

"The Napping House" was my favorite book as a kid, and now I've passed it onto my 3 nieces--2,2, and newborn! "Where the Wild Things Are" is a must, and I also just love "As Long As I Love You."

Just bought my littlest niece this book: http://www.rakuten.com/prod/pride-prejudice/220392483.html?listingId=226335166&s_kwcid=

Adorable!

Alli said...

Subway, by Christoph Niemann is brilliant! Also Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type is hilarious. We also love Time For a Hug, by we are biased because I'm the editor of that one. :-)

LPC said...

Donald Crews "Freight Train." Wonderful graphic illustrations.

Kate said...

A Sick Day For Amos MgGee! http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1596434023

Sneaky Magpie said...

Richard Scarry is amazing, my 3 year old loves Cars and Trucks and the Best Storybook Ever the most. Dr Seuss is also very popular with The Lorax being an absolute favourite, we all know it by heart. And then Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is a great story.

LPC said...

On second thought, "Freight Train" is maybe too young. How about "A House Is A House?"

elizabeth said...

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. My little girl, Juniper, is 14 months. We have that book practically memorized. :)

emily said...

Hands down my favorite book growing up was Scuppers the Sailor Dog - nobody knows it, but it's so cute and wonderful. Check it out here! http://www.amazon.com/The-Sailor-Little-Golden-Book/dp/0307001431

emmy

OM said...

Jamberry By Bruce Degen was my ALL TIME FAVORITE but Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was a close second.

I'm a girl, but I really liked fairy tale short stories. I forget which book it was, but there were tons of fairy tales from around the world. (Nothing like the disney ones.)

margaux said...

i love that he wants a sitar! worldly kid.

my daughter is *obsessed* with Farm Tales, a Golden Books Collection of about 15 farm/animal related stories (some that are no longer available as separate books). i think this could be a hit with Toby and Anton (soon). lots of great rhythmic and rhyming stories.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster (meaning he stinks at being scary). my daughter is 20 months, but her 5 year old friend who gave it to her loves it just as much.

I second Richard Scarry. our girl loves The Best Word Book Ever, but i don't think you can go wrong with any of his books.

Gerda Muller season books: Winter, Spring, Autumn, Summer. there are no words, but that leaves it open to interpretation so kids can make up their own stories about the very detailed pictures. (these books are big favorites in the Montessori world) i can see these being favorites in our house for years.

jona said...

The how does a dinosaur. . . series by yolen is a fave of my 3yo boy.

jona said...

The how does a dinosaur. . . series by yolen is a fave of my 3yo boy.

lizcopland said...

Anything by Tomie De Paola! Strega Nona is a personal favorite! http://www.tomie.com

Christina said...

I LOVE Snuggle Puppy. It's a Love Song book that you can sing to your baby. My daughter loves when I sing her that song now. I think it's sort of amazing because every Mom or Dad gets to make up the tune to the song.

M Sil said...

Anything by Shel Silverstein
The Velveteen Rabbit

Joanna Goddard said...

these are amazing!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

Tiffany and Jim said...

My three year old little girl has a few favorites right now: Don't let the pigeon drive the bus/ Press Here/Hooray for fish.

Celia said...

INTERRUPTING CHICKEN! all the kids I read this to love, love, love it! KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB is also a big read-aloud fav.

For those quiet bedtime moments: Winnie-the-Pooh. Classic.

Jennie said...

Don't know if you get them in the states but we love Aliens love underpants, pirates love underpants etc and the tiger who came to tea (anything by Judith Kerr) and of course the Gruffalo.

Amanda said...

Definitely The Pokey Little Puppy (little golden books). Also Press Here by Herve Tullet, which was a recent find that has been a huge hit every time I've given it as a gift.

Emily said...

A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a favorite!

Jennifer Manzano said...

The Incredible Book Eating Boy! My son loved it between the ages of 4-6, when he was learning to read. Now he's 9 and in 4th grade, and when it was his turn to choose a book to read to a first grade class, that's what he chose!

Found-Food said...

Hi, I'm a preschool teacher in tribeca and the kids go crazy over any of the Pete the Cat books as well as Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley and Subway by Christoph Niemann. Hope that helps : )

suzanne morris said...

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg
The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
Bigger than a Baby by Harriet Zeifert
My kids are grown, but I raised 5 of them, and, trust me, these books will be loved and read over & over again. Enjoy!

Debby Q said...

My boys are now 6 and 9, but at 3 the favorite for both was Hug by Jez Alborough. As they got older Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts became the favorite for the boys and for mom. I tear up every time we read it.

Eileen said...

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, or
Sleep train, dream train

Anything by Jon Klassen, Jon J. Muth, or Oliver Jeffers (especially Lost and Found or the Incredible Book Eating Boy).

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Elisabeth Ludema said...

Policeman Small, Fireman Small, and Two Eggs Please are my son's favorites. He is 4.

Christy said...

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA is amazing; as is FIVE MINUTES PEACE. xx

Michelle said...

Loved Amelia Bedlia, dearly! As an adult, I still speak with my dad often of him reading me those stories - he always remembers "drawing the drapes".

Jennine Lavyne said...

My son Charlie (3yrs old in January) loves the Pete the Cat books, mostly because of the fun songs we get to sing together. Also Charlie the Ranch dog (from the Pioneer Woman) is a fun one. And his all-time favorite these days is Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site….so great. Happy Holidays!

Erin said...

Tried to reply to an earlier comment, but I couldn't see how. Little Hoot, Little Oink and Little Pea. When I taught pre-k the kids would giggle so much, and they have some good adult wit.

Linda Z said...

I love picture books. My sons are now 13 & 8, so they've grown past them, but I still get one out every so often. Some of my favorites are Skippyjon Jones (best if read with a Spanish accent), Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Ira Sleeps Over, Trouble on the Tracks (great for kids who love trains), Tikki Tikki Tembo, Animalia (gorgeous ABC book), Wake up Big Barn, and I Love You As Much... I also really loved all of Sandra Boynton's little board books for toddlers... especially Moo, Baa, La La La! and Horns to Toes and in Between.

k-dog studios said...

journey of the noble gnarble is a favorite in our house. a great book about perseverance and believing in one's self. Plus vibrant illustrations and the story rhymes which always makes it more fun.

Diane said...

My son loved 'How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow?' by Charlotte Pomerantz so much that we wore out the first copy and had to buy another copy. We highly recommend it for your boys!

Blythe Bartel said...

Alexander and the Magical Mouse! An old woman lives in an victorian house on top of a hill with a yak, an alligator, a Brindle London Squatting cat and a magical mouse. The illustrations are incredible!

Mahdis said...

When I was little I loved the Berenstein Bears books. I also was a huge fan of Corduroy.

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Lori | Wild and Grizzly said...

I love design and beautiful illustrations, as well as a good story. So I decided to write a weekly review of great kids books on my blog, most are aimed for toddler ages. There are some great ones. I hope you like! xx
http://www.wildandgrizzly.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/BOOKLOVE

Sydney S. said...

All the Alexander books are so good! My absolute favorite book to gift parents/their children is 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. My dad (who's French) read it to all of us throughout the years and this year I'm giving it to my boyfriend's 3 year old nephew. It's more of a chapter book but has gorgeous images and though it's meant for slightly older kids it's really great for any age and for adults!

Ashley said...

"Scaredy Squirrel" ....my 3.5 year old daughter loves it and has memorized it and always wants to "read" it to us :)

bdonahue said...

I don't usually comment, but two books that I still love and remember vividly from my childhood are Blueberries for Sal (someone else already mentioned this!) and also Bread and Jam for Frances--I can still remember the awe and fascination I felt over Frances' friend Albert and how he ate his lunch! There are a lot of Frances books (by Russell Hoban), but Bread and Jam was my favorite growing up!

Denise Thomas said...

My boys love the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Great first readers too when he starts reading in a few years. Also, as mentioned in another comment...Richard Scarry Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. Kids of all ages LOVE looking for Goldbug.

kerri said...

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin is a fun book. The illustrations are great, and the story is very funny!

Sara said...

I second (or third!) the Little Blue Truck series - our boy is 18 months, and he drags these books around and begs for us to read them!

Megan said...

Freight Train by Donald Crews gets rave reviews from my friend's 3 1/2 year old son. It's been read many, many times.

Joanna Cendrowski said...

So many favorites... I don't do birthday presents for all my friends kids (unless I'm invited to a party), but I send every kid a book on December 1st to start off the holiday season. I was a nanny for the same family of 4 through college and grad school, so I got to watch them all grow up and enjoy some great books... some of my favorites for age 3:

Dear Bear (Personal Fave)
My Lucky Day (Personal Fave)- and anything by Keiko
Diary of a Worm (Doreen Cronin Series)
Giggle, Giggle (Doreen Cronin FAVE)
Monkey with a Tool Belt
The Truck is Stuck
Duck Soup
Strega Nonna
Five Minutes of Peace
Violet the Pilot
Bread and Jam for Frances

Jamie said...

My 2 year little boy loves More Bears! right now. We have to read it at least once every day.

Amyks said...

I second Tikki Tikki Tempo!
In the Night Kitchen- Maurice Sendak
Fortunately- Remy Charlip
Ms. Rumphius- Barbara Cooney
Anything by Audrey Wood and Mo Willems
No, David!- David Shannon

So fun!

collette said...

Currently reading Amelia Bedelia with my 6 year old daughter. I skip over the old fashioned parts but I loved them as a kid. My 3 year old son (4 next month!) loves anything Curious George (we have a Treasury book with 6 stories in it) and likes the Dr. Suess How the Grinch Stole Christmas book but not the cartoon or Jim Carrey movie (too scary!)Funny story - my older brother's name is Alexander and he ADORED Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day when he was little.

Cassie said...

Any of the Mr. Magee books by Chris Van Dusen have become fast favorites for my little guy. Actually, any of his books are a hit. (We just got the Circus Ship for him for Christmas.)

Scarlet Jane said...

The Night I Followed the Dog!! (especially if you already like Taxi Dog)

http://www.amazon.com/Night-I-Followed-Dog/dp/0811806472/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387217157&sr=1-1&keywords=the+night+i+followed+the+dog

tk said...

"We Are In A Book" or ANYTHING by Mo Willems.

Skippy John Jones is really fun too!

Amy Marsh said...

love love love =

frederick
the snowy day
sylvester and the magic pebble
roxaboxen
too many babas
pickle creature
king bidgood's in the bathtub
a pocket for corduroy
ferdinand
miss nelson is missing
the little engine that could
caps for sale
crictor
miss rumphius
cloudy with a chance of meatballs
snow lion

rachel.hecht said...

Hooray for readers! Here are some of my favorites: No Roses for Harry, Where the Wild Things Are, I Want my Hat Back, Press Here, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, ISpy series (wordless, but still great fun), Drummer Hoff, The Snowy Day....I could go on and on :)

tk said...

"We Are In A Book" or ANYTHING by Mo Willems.

Skippy John Jones is really fun too!

claire beaumont said...

A sick day for Amos McGee. So sweet and beautiful illustrations! Also, this is not my hat is a cute one.

Ashley Ables said...

A few of the many books we love are: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, Dear Zoo, Seven Silly Eaters, The Tickle Monster, Where the Wild Things Are, Are You My Mother, Go Dogs Go, Steam Train Dream Train, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, and The Pout Pout Fish

[ink*lemonade] said...

Iggy Peck Architect and Olivia are the ones my little guy asks for again and again.

Joy said...

My son is only two, so it might be a little different, but he LOVES Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train, as well as the Little Blue Truck books. We recently found the Otis books, and he likes those, too, although I think right now he prefers rhyming books. I also have three daughters, and some that they like (and I love) that he would probably enjoy are I'm Gonna Like Me and Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis. Hmmmm... I could go on and on about this, actually, as children's books are a favorite topic of mine, so I'd better stop here! ;-)

ayetch said...

Hello hello,

I'm a teacher and Literacy Leader at a little primary school.

I would recommend

'I want my hat back' by Jon Klassen
It's DEFINITELY the voices that make it and it's HILARIOUS. (Bear to be read in the same voice as Eeyore). I recently read this to 150 children (aged 4 to 9) and they all found it hilarious!

If that one goes down well, there's always the sequel-ish 'This is not my hat', also by Klassen
Which is just as good!

Other than that, anything by Oliver Jeffers!
I particularly like
'This Moose Belongs to Me'
'Stuck'
and (illustrated by Jeffers) 'The Day The Crayons Quit!' (which is SO. FUNNY.)

Hope this helps! xx

Trina said...

The Giant Jam Sandwich
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Margaret said...

also LOVED amelia bedelia...also cloudy with a chance of meatballs was a total favorite. our daughter is 18 mos and when i was pregnant i kept buying books that i now realize are for kids - like 6 year olds, haha! so we had to back track and get tons of board books!

Silvia said...

Ah Children's books. My favourite subject!

My go to book to gift is this one:

"The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit"

And I'd love to read Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin. I've been following her blog for many many years and if her story telling is as magical as her illustrations are...it must be a wonderful book.

My all time favourite children's book authors (don't know if this is much help, but I thought I'd share it anyway) are: Tove Jansson, Astrid Lindgren and Annie M.G. Schmidt (She's a Dutch author and I saw a picture/poetry book of her hands will be published in the US in March it's called: A pond full of Ink. Her poetry for children is AMAZINGly good. At least it is in Dutch ;-)

Have a wonderful time buying books!

Morgan Rose said...

Try the elephant and piggie books by mo Willems, the illustrations are meant to be simple and are super easy for kids to draw, and the stories are hilarious and simple enough for little ones to remember after only one read! My 4 year old students love to read them over and over!

RC said...

Thanks so much for this list! I've checked out your (Toby's) recommendations in the past for books for my nephew. But a favorite book that I loved as a kid and buy for all my friend's kids (they love it now too) is Harold and the Purple Cryaon, it totally encourages kids to use their imagination!

Vicky said...

My favorites are "Possum Come a Knocking" and "Moon Horse," but my nephew's favorite is "Good Night, Construction Site."

RC said...

Thanks so much for this list! I've checked out your (Toby's) recommendations in the past for books for my nephew. But a favorite book that I loved as a kid and buy for all my friend's kids (they love it now too) is Harold and the Purple Cryaon, it totally encourages kids to use their imagination!

sarasounds said...

Mike mulligan
Swallows and amazons
The wind in the willows

Morgan Rose said...

Try the elephant and piggie books by mo Willems, the illustrations are meant to be simple and are super easy for kids to draw, and the stories are hilarious and simple enough for little ones to remember after only one read! My 4 year old students love to read them over and over!

deidre said...

Our almost-2-year-old LOVES Look! A Book! It's mostly zany pictures with so much going on - he loves to look around and point things out to us! He also loves the classic Curious George stories. He requests them every night at bedtime. Also The King's 6th Finger - very cute and great illustrations!

Kelly Ventura said...

Little Blue Truck
The Day The Crayons Quit
Polar Opposites
Madeline
Ferdinand

The Dressed Nest said...

My twins love The Lost and Found Balloon. It features female characters, but my 3.5 year old son adores it. It's such a dreamy little "calm down" book for bedtime.

heather said...

have to check out* The Day the Crayons Quit - it is wonderful!

*Pun NOT intended cause you will actually want to buy this one and have forever in your collection.

Alicia Marie said...

My boys (3 and 5) love love Go, dog, go! (I have all 50+ pages memorized by this point) Good Night, Gorilla is simple but the boys loved it so much we need to replace it. Frog and Toad are much loved as well. I bought them some Amelia Bedelia books because I loved them so much as a girl, but they are still a bit too young for them. The irony is lost on them :)

Christen said...

My daughter Finley's favorite books are ANYTHING Frog and Toad or Toot and Puddle. They're both so well written and they're friendships so sweet. She's 3 1/2, btw. I'm going to check out these books. We recently got her a Where's Waldo book for Christmas. I remember loving those when I was little. XOXO

www.christenese.com

jane said...

You must check out "I Want My Hat Back" and "This Is Not My Hat". Gorgeous and funny for both adult and kids. Also, my boys favorite as well is "Arnie The Doughnut". Highly recommend for both you and your dudes! x

Emily Woodford said...

"Milk and Cookies" by Frank Asch! (Not the one about if you give a mouse a cookie..." It's vey sweet and has bears!

Katherine Fischer said...

wacky wednesday!! so fun to count the things that are wacky!

Lana said...

Horrible Harry. Or Zach's Alligator -this was my brother's favorite for years and years and years.

Rebecca said...

I didn't read through the comments, so I am certain that some of these suggestions are repeats, but that shows how great they are! My son is just a couple months younger than Toby, so these suggestions are probably pretty solid.
Cars and Trucks and Things that God (finding goldbug never gets old)
Good Night, Good Night Constructions Site
Caps for Sale
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
The Hairy McClary Books (From New Zealand)
Go Dog Go
Little Blue Truck (both books)
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
We've also started reading longer stories Brambly House Books (serious yet whimsical and beautifully illustrated)
Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo (just fun and I enjoy them too)

Vilde said...

Frog and Toad! All of the stories are so sweet and have such calm, lovely language. My 3 year old boy has been loving these stories since last christmas.

Jenn said...

Agree with the other commenters, try the Little Blue Truck books http://www.amazon.com/Little-Blue-Truck-Board-Book/dp/0547248288/

Another big favorite is Skippyjon Jones - good luck reading without putting on your best chihuahua accent :)
http://www.amazon.com/Skippyjon-Jones-Judy-Schachner/dp/0142404039/

Unknown said...

Hi, Joanna. I recommend taking little Toby to your local bookstore and let him get seduced by a few of the books there. My 2-year-old son and I regularly go and get something: 1 kids' book for him, and 1 novel for me. At our house, we are currently into Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad series; Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Press Here; The Three Robbers; This Moose Belongs to Me; The Giving Tree...and others!

Mia Stizzo said...

we are huge music fans over here...both my husband and dad are musicians, and my two year old loves all things musical. our favorite books are "never mind your ps and qs, here's the punk alphabet" and "country western alphabet." both are seriously hilarious with the best illustrations!

Sophie777 said...

My sons are grown now, but their favorites were:

Where the Wild Things Are
The Runaway Bunny
Goodnight Moon
The Napping House
Grandfather Twilight
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Simple-Savvy said...

We love "THIS IS NOT MY HAT" and "I WANT MY HAT BACK" by Jon Klassen. My little guy is only one, but we read everything from simple board books to books geared toward preschoolers. I can't wait till he's old enough for Tolkien and C.S. Lewis!

Meg said...

Maybe start to consider "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" and others in that series! They're awesome! Also, "Good Night Moon" is a classic (and comes in French!). I loved informative picture books as a little girl, and my interests were inclined towards dinosaurs and dumptrucks - I bet you can find some cool books geared to those topics that have nice pictures and some fun information - plus, these will grow with him! He can enjoy the pictures now, and when he starts to read, then he can really get into knowing all the names and pointing them out to you!

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irenie beanie said...

Note: links following authors' names are to Amazon previews. Enjoy :)

Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey http://goo.gl/8MOytp

Lentil by Robert McCloskey http://goo.gl/ecjcDf

The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg http://goo.gl/KMc9cJ

Megan said...

I can't even tell you how many times I had to read this to my
kid brother. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. Classic Little Boy book! I'm a librarian now and the kids still love it.

Meaghan said...

Eric Carle books are great especially the really beautiful copies that have the foil accents and firefly with the little LED lights in them.

Where the Wild Things Are is a necessary classic.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, my two brothers adored this growing up I think we read it so many time I know every word still.

Rebecca said...

So glad you asked! My son is the same age and I'm loving the recommendations here! Here are my favorites:

The Curious Garden (NYC!)
Little Blue Truck
Bear Snores On
Lemons Are Not Red
anything by Robert McCloskey

http://www.pinterest.com/becsb/for-the-library-childrens/

Hannah said...

The absolute best kids book is "We're going on a bear hunt." Captivating story, onomatopoeia, repetition, you name it.

These are for maybe slightly older kids, but I also love anything by Barbara Cooney (Ms. Rumphius, Roxaboxen, etc) and anything by Robert McCloskey (Blueberries for Sal, Make way for Ducklings, One morning in Maine)

Rebecca said...

I just remembered julia Donaldson books.
The Spiffiest Giant in Town is wonderful as is The Whale and the Snail!

Beth said...

My 2.5 yr old daughter loves knuffle bunny too. Another favorite is goodnight, goodnight construction site which is really cute!

Juanita Lise Tuntland said...

Anything by Matthew Van Fleet. My 9 month loves them! I think older kids would like them too.

Juanita

MT said...

Good night, Moon and "I'll Love you Forever..."

Jam-packed Life said...

These recommendations are great! My son is 19 months and he loves books, so we've got quite a library being built.

I've heard that "Dinosaurs Love Tacos" is a great one for older toddlers.

Adalgisa Campos said...

i wonder if you know the Kinolivro collection.
http://www.marianazanetti.com.br/projects/kinolivros/
they are flipbooks, created by brazilian artist Mariana Zanetti and are just amazing. The one with the train were such a success with my 3 year-old that we had to buy a second one after a few months. her work is wonderful, and those ones don't request portuguese knoledge :-)!

Megan Irons said...

My son loves The Gruffalo and other books by Julia Donaldson, a great British writer (and playwright!

Caitlin said...

I really loved the book called Chrysanthemum ... lovely story. It has a girl heroine, but still a really lovely story! Also, I'll Love You Forever - every person should own that book. I also teach Kindergarten, and the Todd Parr books are really good! It's all about how everyone is different, but the colours he chose are really great.

Melanie said...

The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are great for this age! They are so funny for both adults and kids. My boys love them!

Katherine said...

Strega Nona (and Merry Christmas, Strega Nona) - my son loves this book about an Italian "grandma witch" with a magic pasta pot. I had it when I was little, too.

Definitely Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. There are several of them.

A new one we just got which he lives is A Mammonth i the Fridge (short but cute and funny).

Ferdinand the Bull is on regular bedtime rotation.

And a new one for bedtime (or whenever) - the Snatchabook. Really cute rhyming book and fantastic illustrations.

Louisa said...

My daughter (also 3.5) loves the Little Blue Truck series, Laura Numeroff books (If you Give a Dog a Donut etc), Karma Wilson books (Bear Snores On and especially Animal Strike at the Zoo! She still loves Sandra Boyton books. Also: Gossie and Gertie books, Click Clack Moo, Goodnight Vermont (and Boston!), Giraffes Can't Dance, all of the Llama Llama books, and Pete the Cat.

Heidi said...

Love, love, love The Gruffalo (and both my boys did, too!) It is such a fun book!

Matilda Hankinson said...

I'm not a mom, but I did work as a nanny for a few years, and one of our absolute favorites was this collection by Dr. Seuss: http://www.amazon.com/Six-Seuss-Treasury-Dr-Classics/dp/0679821481. It's a total classic, the rhyming and the cadence was good for the kids, and much more fun for me to read as well, and every story had a bigger meaning behind it. It was also great to have 6 stories in one book, we never got tired of them. These are for slightly older kids though, maybe a book for Toby's future!

Faviola Garcia said...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Pout Pout Fish, they are lots of fun to read.

Beth said...

Joanna - Zin Zin is also a favorite at our house! So much so, my 3.5 year old son now reads it to us - he has every line memorized. That book and The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Jam-packed Life said...

Oh, also, the phenomenal "Press Here" by Herve Tullet www.amazon.com/Press-Here-Herve-Tullet/dp/0811879542

princess butterfly said...

A subscription to baby bug was an excellent gift for both our children.

Blueberries for Sal
The Giving Tree
Merry Christmas to the Big Hungry Bear
to name a few we are reading now...

Meaghan said...

Eric Carle books are great especially the really beautiful copies that have the foil accents and firefly with the little LED lights in them.

Where the Wild Things Are is a necessary classic.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, my two brothers adored this growing up I think we read it so many time I know every word still.

Jennifer said...

I have a 5yr old boy so some of these may be a little older but then you won't need to ask 2 years from now. ;)

In the Night Kitchen
Iggy Peck Architect
Anything elephant & piggie (anything Mo Willems for that matter)
Zen Shorts (never too early to learn about compassion and letting go)
Anything Oliver Jeffers
City Dog, Country Frog (so poignant and also Mo Willems!)
If you give a mouse... Series
Anything Leo Leonni (esp. Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse)
The Snowy Day

I could go on and on...so many great children's books! And the BPC library has a great selection too.

Laura Connelly said...

Right now on rotation for my 4 year old babysitting boy:

Owl at Home
Curious George
Martha Speaks

My favorites:

Grandfather Twilight
When the Sun Rose
Nora's Stars/Nora's Castle

Great question - there are so many good ones!

Hena Tayeb said...

My son is 3 1/2 years old.. and we are on and off reading the big book of mother gooses nursery rhymes.. but his current favorite is Catch Those Monkey.. from a giveaway I recently one. It is a personalized book from storytots.com and he can not get enough of it. Plus he gets a kick out of himself being in the book

Unknown said...

Caps for Sale! I just got this for my 2 year old nephew.
http://www.amazon.com/Caps-Sale-Board-Book-Business/dp/0061474533/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Schenck catherine said...

both my kids love "the pigeon" by Mo Willem. I think their favorite is "the pigeon finds a hot-dog".
We are French, my kids are 8 and 11, and we read sophisticated, complicated books in French. We read kids' books in English and they love them!
Little Blue and Little Yellow are among their favorites too.

Alexandra said...

Hello, I love your blog. Our son's favorite book when he was 3 was The Police Cloud by C. Niemann - so cute. Also Richard Scarry everything (in German translation from my own childhood in Germany, well used, but still fun.)

Kadija Tyler said...

One of my personal favorites is Crockett Johnson's "Harold and the Purple Crayon". Of course, anything Dr. Seus,s and Richard Scarry as well. Maybe some Curious George?

When the boys get old enough to sit through a few pages without pictures (and perhaps even a full chapter or two in one setting), I'd recommend C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series. My 5 year old was REALLY into the films, and he actually likes comparing what he's seen to the differences in the books. Plus, the imagery and language is amazing and so different. It takes a while to get through them, but I've loved the time we've spent with them.

Jennifer said...

The Goodnight Train, June Sobel
Good Night Gorilla, Rathmann
I Love You Stinky Face, Lisa McCourt
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
In the Night Kitchen
Too Pickley!
All the World--my favorite to read to my boys
Mo Willems--his humor was lost on me until I witnessed how funny my little guy thinks the pigeon is. Elephant and Piggie great for just a little older.

Great suggestions, I am definitely check into most of these!

blackhillsbaby said...

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Hascy said...

I was just perusing your blog earlier today, Joanna, for ideas about books to get my almost-3-year-old for Christmas. What great timing you have! My daughter loves the Pete the Cat books, if you don't know them, particularly Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

Pooja said...

Books have a gender?

JoLee said...

We really love Little Owl Lost, Demolition, I Want My Hat Back, Machines Go to Work, and Creepy Carrots. We love Creepy Carrots!

Leah Smith said...

I have 2.5 year old boy/girl twins. My little boy loves.....
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
I Speak Dinosaur

Kadija Tyler said...

I also think it's awesome that Toby wants a sitar!

Heather.Joy said...

"Katy and the Big Snow," "The Mitten" by Jan Bret (GORGEOUS illustrations), "Each, Peach, Pear, Plum," "Henry and Mudge," so many good ones...

crayonsandcroissants said...

We have so many many favorites! here are some of ours and links to our lists of favorites:

Xander's Panda Party
Chu's Day
Good Night Gorilla
The Gruffalo (love this one)!
Pout pout fish
Mustache Baby

And our favorite books about New York City:
http://crayonsandcroissants.com/2013/04/11/our-favorite-childrens-books-about-new-york-city/

http://crayonsandcroissants.com/category/read/

Meg said...

"Everybody Poops" it's a silly little book that shows that everyone poops, dogs poop, cats poop, mommys poop, daddys poop. It's great for little boys! perfect for 3-4 year olds

Carrie said...

As if I could love your family more. Toby asks for books! Child of my dreams. I fear having kids who don't like to read.

Everyday Adventurer said...

Any of the Harry Maclary books! I had never heard of them until moving to New Zealand several years ago, but they're a must-have for every home library here. They have a beautiful cadence that catches even really young children's attention, beautiful illustrations, and charming stories. All the characters are animals as well. You might not be able to find them at your local library, but they are definitely on amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Hairy-Maclary-Donaldsons-Dairy-Lynley/dp/1582460590/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387220092&sr=1-1&keywords=harry+mcclary

Raquelita said...

Anything by Oliver Jeffers!

brandnoonan said...

My favorite book when I was a kid is "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" but my son loves "Digger, Dozer, Dumper" and this new book we just got called "Calvin Can't fly."

Nerissa said...

You must get "The Circus Ship". Our copy is falling to pieces. We have it memorized.

Nicole Lam said...

My 4-year-old boy loves Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Sight, Dragons Love Tacos and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My almost 2-year-old loves Owl Babies and anything Curious George.

caitsheajones said...

I just bought a copy of Shel Silverstein's " Where the Sidewalk Ends" for my favorite little 4 year old buddy. It was one of my favorite books when I was little and I still remember some if the poems to this day. It's perfect for the mini avid reader because you can't read it all at once and you can always pick your go to favorites.

Honestly, anything by Shel Silverstein is a no brainer! Hope this is helpful! :)

Cindy said...

Off the top of my head:

Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie books.

Llama Llama books are so lyrical and sweet

Bear Snores On

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I just bought "Goodnight Moon" and "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" both of which were favorites of my kids and grandkids. Also "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and, of course, Dr. Seuss. I hope he has one of the wonderful editions of "The Night Before Christmas!" I could go on and on!!
So glad you read with him!

Marcia said...

So many great suggestions for you!
I'm loving Jon Klassen books right now. They're a little dark though....but funny.
I also recommend Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems. On many levels they are excellent. I think your son would really enjoy them.
For your youngest I recommend a board book called, "Animal Sounds". Both of my kids' favorite when they were babies.

Kara said...

My son Louis is 2 1/2 and the list of favorite books is long (for both of us!). Here are a few: The Day Louis Got Eaten (NY Times recommendation last year); Blueberries for Sal; Curious George Goes to the Hospital; Pete's a Pizza; Mister Roger's Going to the Potty Book (lately!).

AmazingConnection said...

Caps for Sale! My little brother loved this book when was that age. There is a board book version now, which I believe may be simplified a little. Also, in no particular order, my brother's favorites:
Are you my Mother?
The Ox Cart Man
Peter and the Wolf (there is a great pop-up version that our family friends' son loves)
Imogene's Antlers
It Could Always Be Worse (possibly a little advanced for three, but kids love the idea of inviting animals to live in the house)

Lynette said...

Two of my childhood favorites: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton and The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.

SJS said...

Oh, so many! When I was a kid, I loved Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Paper Bag Princess, The Story of Ferdinand, Corduroy, and Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel. And my little niece and nephew adore Mo Willem's stories about Elephant and Piggy.

miss mara said...

Corduroy the Bear is a classic! I give it to all my friends w/ kids.

Sara O'Leary said...

Some nice books for that age:

That's Not Funny by Adrian Johnson
How To by Julie Morstad
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Yuck: A Love Story by Don Gillmour and Marie-Louise Gay
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

You've reminded me how much I miss having a little guy of my own still in the picture book stage!

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D+I+A said...

Awesome topic! I'm a lit professor and I'm pretty judgy books for kids (sometimes even classic, highly recommended kids books freak me out. Case in point, "The Rainbow Fish": if you give away your body, you'll be magically popular! Great life lesson for kids.) Anyway, I recommend Oliver Jeffers' "How to Catch a Star" and Phillip and Erin Stead's "A Sick Day for Amos McGee." And "Pretend Soup" is a great kid's recipe book.

Also it's always really fun for us to go to the local library and for me to ask my 3.5 yo what he wants to read about--so far he's named everything from penguins to pumpkins. We've picked out a lot of cool books we never would have read otherwise.

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