As Squeaker is getting older, we’re taking another look at our top books for babies. Squeaker will be 18 months old in June and that point, I might be comfortable with classifying her as a toddler. Right now I’d say she’s an older baby or younger toddler, so this post is going to focus on our top ten books for young toddlers.
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Squeaker is read to daily, usually with her choice of books, but she’ll also play with her book collection regularly. Usually this means making up her own dialogue (babbling) or if it’s a book about cats the occasional meow will happen. If I’m reading it to her, and depending on how often we’ve read the book, she’ll make a few of the animal noises with me.
Most of her books are about animals, but we also have several books that just cover basic concepts (alphabet, shapes, numbers, sign language) and a few books that are just for fun.
– This one is a new addition to our home, but almost instantly it became a favorite of Squeaker’s. I love it because it covers so many concepts in one book and it’s the perfect size for her to turn pages independently. It’s also stood up to being Squeaker-handled (stepped on, food dropped) so I love that about this book too.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
– Not a new addition, but a recent favorite. She really loves the illustrations and the text is so easy for her to follow along with.
– A timeless classic, this book is a part of Squeaker’s bedtime routine. She also enjoys reading the companion, My Small World, in the morning.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
– This was one of Sweet B’s favorite books as a child, so I was hopeful that Squeaker would enjoy it as well. It’s one of those books that I’ve been able to read without looking too much at the text. We also like watching a video recording of Bill Martin Jr. reading the book.
On the Night You Were Born
– Squeaker got this book for her birthday and it quickly became a treasured part of her bedtime/wind down routine. If we don’t read it before bedtime, she will also enjoy hearing this book before a nap.
Guess How Much I Love You
– Sometimes I’m not sure who enjoys this book more- me or Squeaker. We try to do movements and motions whenever we read this book, so for that reason- it’s not in our bedtime routine.
– This book has helped so much in helping teach Squeaker sign language. I think, one of these days, I’ll get a set of flashcards as well or just use the ones that I created. Hopefully we get to our videos soon, too!
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)
– It did take Squeaker a little while to warm up to this book but now she really enjoys repeating all of the motions and actions. Sometimes she’ll do them by herself and other times she’ll wait for me to do it.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!
– Squeaker did not care too much for Dr. Seuss until a month or two ago. We’re slowly introducing Dr. Seuss back in, starting with this book and Hop on Pop.
First 100 Words
– Although it may seem a bit repetitive since we already have the other book listed here, this book is a more portable version. Though it only includes the First 100 Words, it’s still a great resource to have around.
We’ll probably revisit this list when Squeaker turns 2, but for now, here’s our top ten books for young toddlers.