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10 Books on Sweet Pea’s Bookshelf for April

How often do you read to your toddler or preschooler? This is really such an important question. If you aren’t reading or doing other reading activities for toddlers, I would like to share a few books that are definitely toddler/preschooler friendly. We are currently reading these books with Sweet Pea and she loves all of them. Mostly though, she just loves spending time with her Mommy and Daddy. That is certainly an added bonus, right?

Reading Activities for Toddlers

April Book List: Reading Activities for Toddlers

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      • Moo, Baa, La La La!, The Going to Bed Book, and Are You a Cow? by Sandra Boynton– Yes, I know this is technically three books. They are all three so simple, so much fun to read, and really quite accessible for even young toddlers. I really can’t describe how much I love Sandra Boynton’s books. The rhymes are very simple, the illustrations bright and in many cases, hilarious. These books are a delight for both parent and kiddo to read.
      • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle– Again, just as with Sandra Boynton, Eric Carle is a favorite in our house. This book was especially great when Sweet Pea was learning her animals and the sounds they make. However, even as a 2 1/2 year old, she still loves to curl up in my lap to read about the very busy spider.
      • The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey– Oh, George. Curious George is such a funny little monkey, who always seems to find trouble wherever it is. Sweet Pea loves reading about his exploits. I think she can relate!
      • Ladybug Girl by David Somar and Jacky Davis– The ladybug girl is so plucky and these books are really cute. We happen to read them mostly while potty training but that is just because Sweet Pea insists. Ladybug Girl is her potty-training muse I suppose.
      • Disney Minnie My First Look and Find Best Friends by Editors of Publications International– I decided to capitalize on Sweet Pea’s current obsession with Minnie Mouse and try our first look and find book. She loves it! Each time we sit down with this book, she gets better and better at finding the seek and find items. Some of them are actually quite difficult to find too!
      • Fisher-Price Little People What Do People Do: Lift-the-Flap by Fisher-Price Little People– I was a little discouraged when we first started ‘reading’ these lift the flap books with Sweet Pea because she lost interest rather quickly. Now I think it was because there is just so much going on with the books and she was on sensory overload. Now that she is a little older, I am finding that Sweet Pea really likes practicing the ‘lift the flap’ part of the book. I like this book in particular because it stimulates a lot of great conversation about a wide variety of concepts.
      • Nursery Rhymes Sing-Along by Roger Priddy– So, there are really so many great options for introducing nursery rhymes to your toddler and preschooler. We actually have a few nursery rhyme books (garage sales) but I do love this particular one because of the music cd that accompanies it. Kids learn concepts really fast when the concepts are set to music. Not only are the versions of the rhymes and songs in this book cute, but the illustrations are really pretty as well!
      • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino– Seriously, this book is so cute! I really love changing up the voices for each of the animals. Of course that always gets a chuckle from Sweet Pea.
      • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Nadine Bernard Westcott– So, this version is definitely more PC than the version I grew up with (where the lady, you know, actually dies). It is still a delightful story and song. Sweet Pea cracks up because, even at two, she tries to imagine the old lady swallowing everything in sight!
      • On the Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies– How could we not love this book? It is a continuation of my husband’s quest to get our daughter into space. Plus, the main character is a girl.. a mighty girl! This book is an absolute must for our family.

So, these are our 10 picks for great books to read in April. What books are you reading to your kids right now? Anything you would add to the list?

Thanks for reading and have a great time reading with your kids!
Sara

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Joy Healy

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

Urging all of us to read to/with our children is needed. Reminds me of PARP, back when my children were all in elementary school - Parents As Reading Partners. Kept our family reading together for at least 30 minutes every night, and most of the time, much more than 30 min.

sara

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

It most certainly did.. and I loved it!

Lee

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

Moo, Baa, Lalala, Ladybug Girl, and Is Your Mama a Llama are all staples at our house. I love how Ladybug girl works things out with her friends and family. Three books we have from the library right now are Thank You Bear (Foley), Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? (Beaumont), and Mama Loves (Dotlich)! ~Lee

sara

Wednesday 8th of April 2015

Oh, I love anything having to do with bears. I will have to check that book out! These are great suggestions. Thanks so much!

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