Read to Your Little Ones (Even the Littlest!), Part 2

green sheepTo get you started reading to your baby or toddler, here are some favorites in our house:

Where is the Green Sheep?, Mem Fox
Huggy Kissy and Toot, Leslie Patricelli, author/illustrator of several fun board books
Alice in Wonderland, part of the wonderful BabyLit series by Jennifer Adams with art by Alison Oliver
Mommy Hugs and Daddy Hugs, Karen Katz, author/illustrator of several fun board books
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, Al Perkins
Baby Baby Baby!, Marilyn Janovitz
Only One You, Linda Kranz

Bedtime
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Time for Bed, Mem Fox

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If I Were a Hippo…, Anne Wilkinson for Jellycat, part of a series of paired board books and plush toys
In My Tree, Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich, part of a series of finger puppet board books

Here are some of Mem Fox’s selections from her book Reading Magic:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
Are You My Mother?, P. D. Eastman
Where’s Spot?, Eric Hill
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans
Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell

Finally, here are a few very helpful online lists of books for children:

Association for Library Service to Children Born to Read book list

Jim Trelease’s Treasury of Read-Alouds

Don’t forget that you can ask your local librarian for suggestions, and also take your children to the bookstore or library and see which books they pick up. Happy reading!

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