My top 5 books to read with toddlers

top 5 books to read with toddlers

I love to read and have gotten so much joy from books over the years.  Some of my fondest memories are of my dad enthusiastically playing all members of the Famous Five as he read to us at night. I wanted to instill the same love in my children so that they too could love reading and so we have a lot of books for toddlers.  I have always tried to read with them, but I have to say that when my boys were toddlers they struggled to sit still for long enough to read a book.  My twin girls on the other hand love a good book.  Sometimes they love to eat them and lately they have enjoyed taking them all out and using them as stepping stones –  honestly this has been one of their favourite games over the past few weeks!  But the thing they like best is getting together their favourite books and snuggling up in a den or on the sofa for a good old read.  There are so many books we love, but these are my top 5 books to read with toddlers.

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Usborne Books First Thousand Words in English –  This is not a story book as such but it is great as each illustration has so many different things going on that it really promotes conversation. It is designed to teach toddlers loads of vocabulary, but by using fun pictures to associate words to items.  We use this one a lot to help with my daughter’s speech delay

Campbell Books No More Nappies – it is no secret that potty training one of my twins has been nothing short of a nightmare.  It has taken so very long and the carpets are destroyed…. this book has been a great way of having the conversation about where we do you know what without driving her mad as they just love this book.  It has pull down tabs and lift up flaps concealing wee and poo accidents and even pulling up and down nappies.  They both love it.

There’s an Ouch in my Pouch! – This one has been a firm favourite in our house for many years.  It is such a sweet tale of a kangaroo getting a new sibling and is filled with great characters including a rather menacing dingo.  I feel compelled to do a variety of voices and bad aussie accents whenever we read this one and so far the kids love it.  I am waiting for the day when they ask me to stop…

The Dinosaur that pooped series – My children are all about toilet humour!  If there is a reason that they can find to talk about poop they are all in so they are pretty much obssessed with these books.  It makes them laugh so much to hear me talking about poop that we are onto a winner from the get go, but I must say the hilarity caused means these are not pre bed time books in our house.

 

Room on the Broom – its a classic I know and it never fails to enthrall my toddlers.  I actually love reading it too.  I can virtually recite now I have read it so very many times, but the way the book is written is so fabulous that it makes it easy to read in an engaging way for toddlers.  If you have little ones and don’t have this book amongst the collection I totally recommend getting it. I am yet to find a child who doesn’t love this one.

So those are my top 5 books to read with toddlers, but I have got to tell you there are so many others I could have included in that top 5 including The GruffaloThe Gruffalo’s Child, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, There’s a Monster in Your Book, Rabbit’s Nap (Tales From Acorn Wood), Ten Little Dinosaurs Board Book .  I really hope that they all go on to love reading as I do think it is the most amazing way to escape from the world and forget about reality.  I still love a good sit down with a book and when I stop needing to read all of these gems to the littles I might have time to do it again.  In the meantime do share with me any books that you would recommend for reading with toddlers as although these are fab sometimes a girl needs a change….

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23 thoughts on “My top 5 books to read with toddlers

  1. luv room on the Broom
  2. A really nice list. room on the broom is a fab book and i still have it even though my kids have outgrown it. I also love all usborne books - a wide range and so colourful. #dreamteam
    1. Thanks for being part of the #DreamTeam again this week
  3. love room on the broom! my favorite is each peach pear plum, i can recite that book off the top of my head. The potty training one looks good and the 1000 words one. I love books that help my daughter learn new words #dreamteam
    1. I don’t think we have ever read each peach pear plum - must get it. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  4. There are si many books that i love too.....i read many picture book as part of my job...but agree that any by julia donaldson are always a hit with little ones! #dreamteam
    1. Thanks for being with us again on the #DreamTeam
  5. lOVE rOOM ON THE bROOM, SADLY MY BOY DOESN'T AGREE. i RECKON A POOPING DINOSAUR IS MORE UP HIS STREET - THANKS!
    1. Anything with poo in it has my boys vote!
  6. OH I love room on the broom! #dreamteam
    1. Me too! So easy to read in an entertaining way. Thanks for being with us on the #DreamTeam
  7. Love LOve love room on the broom! I am going to have to look into the others we love books in our house and I am always on the hunt for some new good ones. #dreamteam
    1. Thanks for the comment and for being on the #DreamTeam this week
  8. something with dinosaurs or farm animals ALWAYS goes down well with the toddlers staying here. #DremTeam
    1. Animals are definitely popular with toddlers. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam this week
  9. What a fab list of books to read. Room on the broom is still one of our favourites. Love that your dad did all the voices! I try to do this too and have recently started on Harry Potter with the little. Though I think I'm enjoying it way more than she is at the moment! Thanks for bring an awesome #dreamteam host xx Annette, 3 Little Buttons recently posted...Is it bonkers to show ‘Jaws’ on movie night to a bunch of 9 year olds?My Profile
    1. I should do Harry Potter with my reluctant reader. I think that might engage him and I would love reading them all again too! #DreamTeam
  10. We've always loved the tiger who came to tea. my 3 year old really enjoys the blue kangaroo books, and always has a good laugh at oi frog and oi dog. We've never actually read room on the broom, so maybe that will be next for us. #dreamteam
    1. Room on the broom is fab totally recommend it. I had forgotten about the tiger I love that one
  11. I love the dinosaur poops book! My nieces love the toilet humor also. #DreamTeam
  12. Great choices and I love returning to the books I used to read to mine back in the day to get in touch with my inner child and sometimes theirs too #Dreamteam
  13. PEEPO has to be the fave toddler book in our house, that & stick man. Love room on the broom too! #DreamTeam
    1. I haven't seen Stick Man. We must look into that one. Thanks as ever for being on the #DreamTeam

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