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Infants and Toddlers

  • Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney
  • Moo, Baa, La La La!, Sandra Boynton
  • I Can, Helen Oxenbury
  • I See, Helen Oxenbury
  • Eating the Alphabet, Lois Ehlert

Two-Year-Old Children

  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Dr. Seuss
  • In the Small, Small Pond, Denise Fleming
  • Tumble Bumble, Felicia Bond
  • Big Red Barn, Margaret Wise Brown
  • We’re Going on A Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
  • The Grouchy Ladybug, Eric Carle
  • Rumble in the Jungle, Giles Andreae
  • Little Cloud, Eric Carle

Three-Year-Old Children

  • Moonbear’s Shadow, Frank Asch
  • Noisy Nora, Rosemary Wells
  • A Color of His Own, Leo Lionni
  • From Head to Toe, Eric Carle
  • The Cow That Went Oink, Bernard Most
  • The House That Jack Built, Diana Mayo

Four-Year-Old Children

  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
  • Mrs. Honey’s Tree, Pam Adams
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk, Charles G. Shaw
  • The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchins
  • Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, Bill Martin Jr
  • If The Dinosaurs Came Back, Bernard Most
  • My Five Senses, Aliki
  • Bigmama’s, Donald Crews
  • Lilly’s Big Day, Kevin Henkes

Five-Year-Old Children

  • Arthur’s Honey Bear, Lillian Hoban
  • Max and Ruby, Rosemary Wells
  • Frederick, Leo Lionni
  • The Very Lonely Firefly, Eric Carle
  • Mirette on the High Wire, Emily Arnold McCully
  • Grandfather’s Journey, Allen Say
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains, Cynthia Rylant
  • The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein


Infants and Toddlers

For the youngest children, ages infant to 2 years, summertime is a good time to find water-proof books.  Children spend time in the tub and pools and it is a great time to have them "read" while cooling off.  Several books have been adapted to bath time and are printed for that purpose. Fisher Price publishes a set of books -  Look What I See that are vinyl and perfect for this age.

Eric Hill has a set of vinyl books that children this age love:

  • Hello Bee Hello Me
  • The Rainbow Fish
  • Spot Goes Splash!
  • Spot's Bath
  • Splish Splash

Beatrix Potter has vinyl books that have been favorites over the years:

  • Splash Peter Rabbit
  • Jemima Duck
  • Peter Rabbit

Two-Year-Old to Five-Year-Old Children

At these ages, children enjoy all the old favorites including:

  • The Very Busy Spider, Eric Carle
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
  • From Head to Toe, Eric Carle
  • Let's Count, Tana Hoban
  • In The Meadow, Olive Wadsworth
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow, Leo Lionni

Five-Year-Old Children

At this age, a child enjoys a chapter book with parents or teachers sharing the reading with the child.  Art and field trips can also be used to enhance the stories. Some suggestions are:

  • Junie B, Jones Series, Barbara Park
  • Matilda, Roald Dahl
  • John, Paul, George and Ben, Lane Smith
  • The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich, Melvin Beederman