19 Jan 2015

Books for Little People (3-4 years) :: Our Top 10

A few years back i did a post on the little people books we were reading but some time has passed and i thought i'd add to the list. Big boy is about to turn 4, so we're up a step from board books (though his little brothers still really enjoy them!)

Here are some toddler books we are enjoying:

1. The Bear Books {Karma Wilson} - we love the stories about bear and his forest friends. We have about 5 of them and they rhyme nicely and are wonderfully illustrated! We have some board books, and some paperbacks. The board books hold up better with the little guys and the paperback have bigger pictures for the older guys. Karma Wilson also wrote Mortimer's Christmas Manger

2. Cat in the Hat's Learning Library {Dr. Seuss Inside your Outside} - the biology major part of me LOVES this series! It is super education and super dr. seuss style fun! We have 5 of them and even our 3 1/2 year old will sit and listen to the whole story!

3. Berenstain Bears Living Light Series - After reading a few other series that i would not recommend, i revisited this series from my childhood. I soon discovered that in addition to the classics there are some new stories under the name of "Living Lights". These book teach Christian values and Biblical truths.  They were written by the son of the original authors after they passed on. I am looking forward to picking up some more of these next time we're back in Canada!

4. Fool Moon Rising {Fluharty} - We got this book from a really good friend when our first son was born and it's a great book. It has beautiful illustrations and teaches about pride. Also based on scientific fact such a great story using nature to show the sinful nature of the human soul. A great lesson for little ones and a great reminder for parents too!

5. The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village {Francis Chan} - What little boy doesn't love tractors? Francis Chan writes a great story to remind us about the importance of God's word through his story of a farmer finding the 'instruction manual' to the rusty old tractor that actually showed him how it was designed to work! Our kids love it.

6. Danny & The Dinosaur - A friend recommended this to me and our boys LOVE it! I bought a used older copy because i love the vintage feel of this classic book. Such a great make believe, imaginative adventure for little boys. Come on, who wouldn't want to spend the day with a dinosaur?!

7. Franklin Books - Our oldest (almost 4) loves the Franklin books. They are a great way for us to introduce traditions that don't exist in Poland (like Halloween, Thanksgiving...) and also just normal stages of life like 'going to school', 'visiting the hospital'. We have about 10 in English and 10 in Polish (which are a challenge for mommy to read). But he often wants to read 2-3 in a row. 

8. The Complete Adventures of Curious George -  This is a great collection of Curious George adventures. Our little guy loves it... this monkey's stories are always mischievous, messy, active and oh so random ~ no wonder toddlers love him!

9. If I Ran the Circus {dr. Seuss} - I remembered a family i lived with read this book over and over again. We recently got it for the boys and it is super duper fun. Classic Dr. Seuss full of fun words and imagination. Great for the toddler that has entered the stage of imaginative play!

10. Harry the Dirty Dog {Gene Zion} - This one is on my to buy list. Our boys love the scholastic film made based of the book and it's just a classic, fun story.  "No Roses for Harry" looks great too... i think i want to buy these in the old vintage style.

What are your favourite books for toddlers?