A friend of mine was asking for book recommendations for 1-3 year olds, so I decided to pull together a list of our all-time baby /toddler book favourites.
1. Where is the green sheep? by Judy Horacek – A curious book about sheep. Sheep that sleeps, that clowns around, that dives, that drives a train. But where is the green sheep? If you were a green sheep, where would you hide?
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – A beautiful rhyming book about observing the things inside a great green room, and saying goodnight to all of them. A quiet book that makes for a good bedtime read.
3. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – A book about a little mouse with big smarts, and his big hairy friend that helps him get out of hot soup.
4. We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – A cute (and noisy) story about a family who goes hunting for a bear. They cross a field of tall grass (swishy swashy), wade through a river (splash splosh), go through mud (squelch squerch), and stumble through a dark forest (stumble trip). Finally they get to a cave, come face to face with a bear…and repeat their adventure in reverse (at twice the speed). A book that’s great for acting out.
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – This one needs no introduction, it’s a well-loved book about a caterpillar that pops out of an egg, eats too much, and then morphs into a butterfly. Simple storyline? Yes…but it still continues to enthrall kids of all ages.
6. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers – An endearing book about the friendship between a boy and his penguin. The boy tries all ways and means to get the penguin back where it belongs – the North Pole. But later realises that they actually belong together.
7. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney – The classic story about love between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. They go on and on comparing how much (how tall, how high, how wide) is their love for the other. Until finally it’s time to sleep.
8. The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland – A funny tale about four furry friends who stumble into a cave – with a very cranky bear inside. This book teaches us not to underestimate the plainest and quietest from among us; they can sometimes come up with the best ideas to solve a bear’s problem.
9. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell – This funny but simple lift-the-flap book is great for discovering animals and their character traits. Toddlers just love to lift the flaps and guess from memory which animal it is! If you wrote to the zoo to ask for a pet, what would they send you?
What are your favourite reads for 1-3 year old children?
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