Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Submit Your Suggestions!

It's Jack's birthday on Saturday. He'll be two.  Tim's mom is buying him a little chair for the reading corner we decided to create for him. Is that a crazy price for such a nice chair or what?!

Jack also got some money in the mail from his great-grandmother and since she is one of the best story-readers ever, I thought I'd use it to buy some new books to go with his little reading space.


I can't seem to decide which books to get! There are so many great options, but since Jack is finally getting into reading, I want to make sure I pick ones that he'll love and want to read more than once.

So I'm asking you, dear readers, to list your top three favorite children's books  (or just one if you prefer) in the comment section. Keep in mind it has to entertain a two year old, so books with a lot of text won't work.

Here are a few I'm considering:

I need to order the books no later than tomorrow night so that they'll arrive here in time for his birthday, so don't wait to give me your suggestions - do it now! (p.s. we already have Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar which are two often named classics)

Go, go, go!


  1. brown bear brown bear (all the kids love this one!)

    velveteen rabbit (illustrated by Donna Green)

    though it's not a favorite, maybe a version of "the house that jack built" because it's exciting to have a book with your name in it. ;)

  2. At my house we have read all the Give a Mouse a Cookie books over and over again. Llama Llama books are a big fav.Caden wanted me to tell you his favorite book is Billy Bigolow and the Blue Whale Problem and not to be left out Casey wants you to know Fancy Nancy is her favorite books EVER! But those are very girly so avoid those ;)

    Will God's Mighty Warrior is a big hit too.

  3. Some other suggestions so far (from people who had trouble posting a comment):

    Everybody Poops
    I'll Love You Forever
    Goodnight Moon
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Each Peach Pear Plum (which we have)

  4. 1. "Gwango's Lonesome Trail" by Justin Parpan
    This is about a dinosaur who travels through the west looking for someone like him. The structure is repetitive, which is good for kids' memories, and dotted with exclamations like "holy guacamole!" so the parents aren't bored. Perfect for funny voices.
    2. "The Woods" by Paul Hoppe
    A boy loses his stuffed rabbit in the woods and has to be brave and find him. He encounters various supposed scary type guys, who turn out to be friendly. Bedtime book perfection.
    3. "Knufflebunny: A Cautionary Tale" by Mo Willems
    Poor Trixie has left her Knufflebunny at the laundromat and mom and dad rush to rescue him. Hilarious! Trixie's weeping meltdown is brilliant. A story about looking after your special toys and not being careless.

  5. We love books by Sandra Boynton like Barnyard Dance, Pajama Time, and Red Hat Green Hat (she has a lot of cute ones). Also, I just borrowed a book at the library that Jadon loved called The Bus For Us by Suzanne Bloom. He made me read it a minimum of 5x in a row each time we sat down to read!

  6. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123, The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh, Sandra Boynton books and Dr. Seuss's Go Dog Go

  7. Ah, the frustrations of posting from an iPad. :) Michelle accidentally posted before she could finish editing, and just gave up :)

    P.D. Eastman's "Go, Dog, Go!" (it's not by Seuss) has been an immense hit with both children around the age of 2.

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! was the best alphabet book we've found yet. I also recommend that one in board book form. I think William requested it no less than a hundred times.

    Also, Sandra Boynton makes phenomenal board books.

    And while A.A. Milne's original "The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh" (skip any Disney stuff) were an immense treat, they're really for age 3-4.


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