We read routinely to our boys. There are books in every room, every crevice of the house it seems like lately. Books are coming out of our pores it seems and they do come up in conversation frequently. It was hard to do but we have narrowed it down to 5 of Mom’s favorite books to read to toddlers. The books you don’t mind reading over and over again.
1. Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome
This interesting picture book tells the story of the building of the Empire State Building in New York through free verse. It’s rhythmic verses lull young toddlers into a comfortable sleep and fills their developing brains with facts of history and architecture.
2. Zen shorts by Jon J Muth
This is a collection of 3 stories you can refer back to for teaching yourself and your children. The Artistry is spectacular in itself but the language and lessons are to treasure.
3. Spoon by Amy Rosenthal
A clever and simple story about perspective and individuality. Her use of puns are comical and charming. She also has a sequel to Spoon called Chopsticks, in which she clarifies that Chopsticks is not a direct sequel to Spoon but rather a change in the place setting.
4. A Busy Day by Cyndy Szekers’ Tiny Paw Library
I originally used this cutie for language therapy to teach pronouns he/she/ they and possessive pronouns his/her’s. It’s also full of opportunities for action words and responding to questions. Brought it home for my boys to dynamic assess their language skills and low and behold they now know their pronouns. The illustrations are toddler captivating and irresistibly cute.
5. The Snail House by Allan Ahlberg and Gillian Tyler
A magical story complete with magical artistry. I’m pretty sure all toddler boys love bugs. For the mom’s, this book is a beautiful way to have to look at bugs. You are going to wish you lived in the snail house, it really is beautiful and full of adventure. The grandmother tells her 3 grandchildren the story of the snail house in her comforting and enchanting garden. A great escape!
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