Apr 162020
Avan’s favourite 15: Toddler books we read again and again! #kbcKeepCalmAndReadOn
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My little boy Avan is soon to be two next month. We love playing with books and also reading them. The books listed are ones we read a lot. In fact, we know these books by their title. We also read a lot of other books and love all of them. Just that these are our comfort books which we prefer in a pinch. We love these so much that we wanted to share these with you all as a part of the #kbcKeepCalmAndReadOn Campaign.

  1. Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

Daddy woodpecker teaches his little baby bird how to peck. And then the little birdie goes on a pecking spree till he is tired at night and is tucked in by his daddy. It’s one of the books which has a Dad as the main character. My husband loves to read this with our little one. We got a paperback version (board book was not available when we bought this) but so far it has held up well to my little one poking his tiny fingers through all the holes made by the baby woodpecker. An awesome book.

2. Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Simple, poetic and the repetitions are easy to read for toddlers. My little one loves guessing which animal we will see next as we got on a trip with the Monkeys. This is one of our favourite reads. Emily Gravett’s picture books are a must have in every toddler’s library.

3. Peely Wally by Kali Stileman

This is a lovable story about a bird called Peely Wally who lays an egg. The dotted lines help give a wonderful flow to the story. We trace the lines as we follow the egg as it rolls down the branch and finds its way back to Peely through the help of many animals. Also this book made my little one eat eggs. What a win!

4. Walters Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood

We are Tim Hopgood fans here. A great book to teach shapes to little kids. Works as an introduction to why shapes are different. The spider Walter is one of our favourites and we look for other ‘Walters’ when we go to the park.

5. What a Wonderful World by Tim Hopgood

This is one of the first Tim Hopgood books we bought. It’s recommended for kids with sensory issues. It’s a great book with pretty illustrations and of course great lyrics by Louis Armstrong. We’ve had this for about a year now and it’s been with us on many travels. My little one has this memorized and we sing it on our drives.

6. Where’s Bear? By Emily Gravett

Another great book by Emily Gravett. About a Bear and Hare playing hide and seek. It’s hilarious and a fun read. Simple enough to engage a toddler.

7. Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

The little baby owl falls from the tree. He’s looking for his mommy with the help of a squirrel. And finally he finds his mommy. A hilarious twist at the end. Uh..Oh!

8. A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins

A lovely poem where the little one can pretend to be a bird. He can jump, fly, swoop and chirp. And then cuddle with us for a good night just like little baby birds. Also we have learnt the names of so many new birds through this book.

9. No Matter What by Debi Gliori

This is a touching book about unconditional love. The two characters are Large and Small and can be applicable to Mom, Dad or even Grandparents. We got this as a Christmas gift for our little one and it has been read a lot of times since then.

10. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Awesome. We read this quite frequently and also listen to the audio. It is about a family that goes hunting (without a gun of course) for a bear through grass, river, snow storm, etc till they finally find the bear. What will they do once they actually find the bear? We have modified this for ‘hunting’ lost socks, books and mosquitoes too.

11. Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek

This book is about two puffin friends Peter and Paul. They are separated by a big storm. Peter goes looking for his friend Paul with the help of a friendly Whale. Colorful pictures and a simple storyline make this a great book to engage toddlers. Also a bird book which we love.

12. Too Loud by Kay Widdowson

Daisy tiptoes through the garden. And she tries to get all the birds, animals and insects to be quiet as she wants to snuggle with her babies for a nap. We love saying Shhh! And whenever we are too loud, mommy can remind us about Daisy and we get quiet!

13. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

This one is about a little Llama that has just been tucked into bed by his mom. He wants water but Mama Llama is busy. He starts to fret and misses her. Will his mother come in time? Beautiful words to explain how those who love you are always nearby. We used this book when my little started going to Daycare. Though he was only 8 months then, I’ve been reading the book ever since. This book is a boon for working moms and comes highly recommended for tackling initial separation anxiety.

14. Brown Bear Treasury by Eric Carle

We are Eric Carle fans. Our first book was The Very Hungry caterpillar, followed by many others. I chose this book as it’s a treasury of 4 books with lot of animal and bird pictures. Colorful, Simple, Brilliant. Brown bear, what do you see?

15. Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton

A wonderful counting book with hippos as the main character. It is a great book to teach concepts of counting without making it boring. Though we are not there yet, we love the poem, the hippos and like identifying their hats, helicopters and carts.

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