Current Favorite Reads for Toddlers

Every week we take a trip to the library in order for Max to pick out new books. It is a nice weekly ritual we have.  I usually ask him if there is a book he wants to get but then I usually pick out a few that I think he will enjoy. We have read our far share of books about trucks, construction sites, and dinosaurs. I also think we have read every Curious George book out there. Lately I have been trying to branch out and expose Max to some new books. Here are some of his current favorites.

The Napping House by Don & Audrey Wood
I think we all are thankful when our house becomes a napping house. In this silly story the entire house is napping, snoozing, slumbering, dozing, snoring all in one bed. They each fall asleep one on top of another one at a time.  Suddenly a wakeful flea sets off a cascade of events which causes each napper to wake up. A repetitive & rhythmic book with descriptive pictures making it an enjoyable read for all.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
This repetitive tale is one of Max’s favorite. A family decides to head off on a bear hunt. “They are not scared”. They travel through grass, mud, a river, a forest, a snowstorm, all of which make interesting sounds. Finally the family comes to a cave where they do find a bear! The bear chases them and they have to travel back through all the terrain they encountered on the trip to the cave. When they finally make it home they decide bear hunts are not for them and hide under their covers.

Flip Flap Fly by Phyllis Root
This rhyming story follows different baby animals in their habitat. A bird sees a a fish who sees snake who sees a otter who sees a duck who sees a mouse who sees a child. The child sees that there are babies everywhere in nature. Each animal learns to move with the help of their mama. It is a fun book to read and has some silly words. Max loves that the snake says “wiggle with a squiggle”. There are beautiful illustrations as well.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
These books are part of series they Max loves. In this story the mouse is given a cookie and then asks for a glass of milk. This first request causes the mouse to ask or think of something else.  Then with each sequential item the mouse is given he tangentially asks for something else. In the end needs a glass of milk and of course wants a cookie to go with it. We also have read If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and If You Give a Mouse a Muffin. They are all big hits!

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Gilles Andreae
Gerald is a self conscious giraffe who believes he cannot dance. His fears are realized when he is called weird at the jungle dance. Gerald is embarrassed and leaves the dance only to be confronted by a cricket. It turns out Gerald is a beautiful dancer who simply needed to find the right music. Another rhyming book that has you cheering on Gerald as all the animals come to see him dance.

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Current Favorite Reads for Toddlers

Toddler Truck Books

As a mom of a toddler boy I am amazed at my son’s innate fascination with all sorts of transportation.  It is nothing I taught him, but he has a love for buses, fire engines, planes, cars, motorcycles, trains, bikes, bulldozers, and TRUCKS!  He enjoys pointing them out to me and labeling each one as they go by. More importantly some of his favorite books are about trucks. Here is a list of our top five favorites.

  1. My Truck is Stuckby Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk: An amusing story of a truck that becomes stuck on a way to a delivery.  After many vehicles, including a car, van, jeep, and bus, try to help this poor truck.  Finally, he is saved by a tow truck.  My son loves the illustrations, the repetitiveness, and saying beep beep along with the story.

My Truck is Stuck

  1. Red Truckby Kersten R. Hamilton: A story of a red truck who saves the day!  This book has lots of fun words sounds, including RIIIING!, VROOOOOM!, ZOOOOOOM!, SPLOOOSH!.  It is short and fun to read.

Red Truck

  1. Little Blue Truckby Alice Schertle:  A book with a moral about helping out friends that includes a little truck named blue, a dump truck, and lots of farm animals.  In reading the book you hear all the sounds the animals make.  Now my son reads the book along with me.

little blue truck

  1. Trucks Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!by Patricia Hubbell: Not only is this book fun to look at, but it is exciting to read.  The patchwork illustrations are excellent and the book has so many wonderful colors.  Many of trucks have different animals as their drivers.  It includes any truck you can think of and most importantly has two garbage trucks (my son’s favorite!).trucks
  2. The Trucker by Barbara Samuels: The story of a young boy, Leo, who is obsessed with trucks, and whose mother is tired of reading the same truck over and over and finding trucks in her oatmeal. She buys her son a cat, Lola, to attempt to get him interested in other things.  At first, Leo can not be bothered with Lola, but when he realized Lola could be part of the fun she became a trucker too. My son absolutely loves this story.

the trucker

Do you have any other favorite truck books?

Toddler Truck Books