Children's books

Latoya - posted on 09/18/2010 ( 63 moms have responded )

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Hi all!

Can you tell me some books you read to your lil one? I'm trying to build up my library for my 9 month old daugther. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!!!

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Patricia - posted on 09/23/2010

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I go to garage sales or thrift stores, that way I can buy more books and don't feel tooo bad if my son destroys them. I use this web page www.readtoyourbaby.com, they have techniques and book reviews.
My son's favorite book is Sandra Boynton's "The going to bed book" and "fifteen animals" he likes books about songs like "the weels on the bus" or "twinkle twinkle little star" He takes those books and sings while he turns the pages, is adorable.
Pick book that you like, they like repetition so you will be reading them over and over again. Have fun

Georgia - posted on 09/22/2010

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Dr. Seuss Board books
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
Five Silly Monkeys
Hippos Go Berserk!
My Mommy and Me by Tina Macnaughton

i have been reading to my son since he was born and his all time fav is mama do u love me?. i have learned with him its best to have board books cause he loves to open and read them to himself, but they can also handle his bitting them. with paper books he just wants to rip the pages. another idea we did was had his first birthday party a book theme so others could share their favorite books with him. we got over 40 books and that was the best idea we ever did. best of luck and enjoy reading to ur daughter

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Erin - posted on 04/09/2011

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My son is almost 2 and he loves Dr. Seuss and LIttle Critter by Mercer Meyer books.

Carolynn - posted on 04/07/2011

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Some of my 23 month old sons favorite books are: "Guess How Much I Love You", by Sam McBratney, "Five Silly Monkeys", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See", and any touch and feel books. :)

Elfrieda - posted on 12/21/2010

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You've got a lot of replies, but I'm going to suggest two, too!
My son loves
Moo Baa Lalala by Sandra Boynton
Bear and Ball by Cliff Wright
Both of these are really simple and nice. He's 1, and they've been his favourites for months already. He likes to turn the pages himself.

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2010

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My son loves any and all books written by Sandra Boynton. They are fun, sweet and rhythmic. I have actually ended up memorizing 3 or 4 of them.
There are also three "Bear" books by Karma Wilson that are wonderful. "Bear Snores On" has been one of my son's favorites for a year now and I really enjoying reading it to him.
Reading to your daughter is wonderful. The more you do it, the more likely she is to enjoy it on her own. I often find my 2 1/2 year old son "reading" to himself from the basket of board books we keep by his bed.
I have a collection of picture books such as "Harold and The Purple Crayon" and "Ferdinand" that I mix in when we're reading before bed, which allows me to introduce him to some of my childhood favorites.
No matter what books you pick, you really can't go wrong!!!

Jenni - posted on 09/26/2010

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"I Love You Through and Through" by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak she also has another one called "How do I Love You'

i love these book they have simple pictures and little wording which allows for the children to make up some lines for it or u can talk about the pictures i did the guestures with my son when we read it. to me it sound like a poem with words here are the words for u

the 1st book goes like this:(each line is a page)

I love you through and through

I love your top side

I love your bottom side

I love your inside

and outside

I love your happy side

your sad side

your silly side

your mad side

I love your fingers

and toes

your ears

and nose

I love your hair and eyes (double page)

your giggles

and cries

I love your rumming

and walking

silent

and talking

I love you through and through

yesterday, today, and tomorrow, too



hope u find lots of books for u and ur little on to enjoy

Ashley - posted on 09/25/2010

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My 14 month old son LOVES the book "Dinosaur's Binkit" by Sandra Boynton. It's so cute and especially good if your child has a favorite blanky or lovey that they go to bed with.

Krista - posted on 09/25/2010

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Theres a book that I absolutely love reading to my son. It has many different stories in it that I grew up reading. Its called: 5 minute Good Night Stories. It doesn't really have one author since it has many different stories. Oh I bought this book at Barnes and Nobles.

Also another good one is: Ballyhoo Bay by Judy Sierra

We also love reading Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree. He also has a few board books:

My first book of things by John E. Johnson

Colors and Shapes by Gladys Rosa-Mendoza

My Food by Rebecca Emberley

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2010

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my son is 19 months old and every night we read the book "Goodnight Moon" and now when I tell him it is time for bed he will actually run into his room and get the book off the shelf he loves it and it has really helped to make a routine. he now wants me to read to him.

Deborah - posted on 09/24/2010

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For books for her to handle go with sturdy board books, or the plastic ones that can be wiped down or even cloth books. One author that I loved was Karen Katz, her board books are wonderful for this age group. Other titles for board books: Brown Bear, Brown Bear...?, Dr. Suess ABC's, and my son fell in love with the I Love You Stinky Face series. As far as making a collection for her to grow into go for classic authors or series you grew up with and mix in some new ones. Scholastic has some wonderful things available. Series my son loves: Clifford, Little Critter, Froggy, Noodles, Bearenstein Bears, and Curious George. Eric Carle has some wonderful books. And I always loved Tomie dePaola books. My son always loved the books that were made after songs: Puff the magic dragon, five speckled frogs, you are my sunshine, and What a wonderful world. Too finish this up; young children love repetition (and it is actually the best way to teach them), so books that have repetition in them like Brown Bear Brown Bear are good, but also reading the same book over and over again will become a daily routine. And let me just say I love that fact that you are getting her started early with reading and a love of books, my son's library has grown to quite a large collection but I couldn't be happier than to curl up with him and read the same books over and over again. And honestly I read Dr' Suess's ABC's book so much when my son was little I memorized it (not on purpose), I can still recite the whole book 3 years later. Good luck. Oh and if you are looking for great deals on books try yard sales, craigslist (lot's of moms sell large groups of books for a small price) also Marshall's always had a large collection of discounted board books.

Nicole - posted on 09/24/2010

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any and all Dr. suess, Disney classic collection story book, Disney bedtime collection story book, Tons of disney books, looney toons and bearnstien bears. Magic school bus books, The Hungry thing was my favorite as a child and i now read that to my daughter. I have the Beatrix potter classic collection of old tales. like the tale of miss tiggywinkle, tale of the blind mice, the tale of peter rabbit, ect. polar bear polar bear what do you hear is a good one along with the hungry caterpillar. i also have my children's story time bible i read to her as well.



for older children bear hunt is great for toddlers especially the audio version where they can act it out in play either with you or on their own. i loved playing along with the preschool class i was an assistant teacher for.



forgot to add as some one else's comment reminded me...i don't give her the board books as my daughter is 7 months old but before naps ill lay her in the boppy and read the nicer paper books befoer puttering her in her crib. we spent a lot of money on the Disney collection books and i wouldn't just let her have those yet. her Disney princess board books collection i have no issue with.

Rebecca - posted on 09/24/2010

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Wyat is 5 monhs old he seems to like the cardbord books, he really liked The shut eye train by eugene fields, where do kisses come from by maria fleming, Mama How long will you love me, Mama will you hold my hand both byanna pignataro, I love you through and through by bernadette rossetti-shustak,Sky Castle by sandra hanken wich is my fav a cute little poem about useing your imagination and taking care of the earth. Winnie the pooh roos big nature day byk. emily hutta. all great stories short and they teach great lessons. I would say keep them short and get poems or nusery ryhmes you little girl would love the sing song voice you use when reading poems and nusery ryhms. wyatt loves it and tends to watch my lips and touch them when i read to him. he enjoys looking at the books on his own and chewing on them.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2010

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My little man is very active and doesn't stay still too often so I thought finding books would be hard...however he loves Karen Katz books! I would highly recommend her books. My son's favorite is "Toes, Ears and Nose" by her and he will bring it to me to read to him. It is a flap pop up type of book where you lift flaps to uncover babies body parts like nose,eyes,and ears. It also helped him learn his body parts! =) You can find her online at places like ebay the cheapest, but Target also has her books.

He also enjoys touchy feely books or ones that make noise to correlate with the book.

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As she gets older, look for an author named Demi. She rights excellent moral building content and has some of the best illustrations in the industry. Our favorite was "One Grain of Rice".

Nadia - posted on 09/23/2010

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I have the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar, and Who Sank the Boat?
As well as a Wiggles book, of course, and other ones. I have one favourite one that I can't remember the name of, and I can't get it to tell you because it somehow went missing from my lounge room. >_>
Oh! There's another book I love, can't remember the author but it's called Mama loves you. It's got a rhyming scheme as well as repetition, which is something kids love. =]

Darby - posted on 09/23/2010

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Oh my...any and all Dr. Suess books...my children love. Also, the Golden Books collections are good. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie... and the other books in those series are good. Biscuit the dog books. The Velveteen Rabbit is awesome. The Tale of the Three Trees is one I love and The Giving Tree. I have tons more, but those are the ones in constant rotation in our house.

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2010

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There's a book called "I'll love you forever" :) It's a story about a mom who sings to her son every night while rocking him, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as you're living, my baby you'll be." My mom read it to all of my four brothers and me. And also my bestfriend's parents read it to him and his brother. :)

Nikki - posted on 09/23/2010

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where is the green sheep, really anything by Mem fox is great! also sensory books, with bits they can touch.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2010

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I absolutly LOVE Sandra Boynton books. She has some really great board books. My son is 5 and a half and really enojoys them now. Also for a little girl Fancy Nancy books are really cute! I love Olivia books, Froggy books, Also they have a book called Not A Box...my son and I absolutly love that book! There are so many great books...

Leslie - posted on 09/23/2010

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Tickle monster by jodie basset. All three of my children love this book you can even buy the gloves. Makes u look like u have cute fluffy blue tickle monster hands.

Sophia - posted on 09/23/2010

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Goodnight Moon, it's a classic, my daughter (22 months) loves it so much, she's memorized it :)

Mabyn - posted on 09/23/2010

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We read a combination of new books, new to us books and books that were mine when I was a child. My daughter is 18 mos and tends to have a new favorite everyday that we have to read over and over again but, the ones we seem to end up reading more than the others are: the very hungry caterpillar by eric carle, goodnight moon by margaret wise brown, who's hiding at home by julie fletcher (this one is a flip book and is by far the favorite), my goodnight book - a golden board shape book (doesn't list an author), and hand hand fingers thumb by dr seuss (apparently my favorite book as a child!). Also, any book that you sing along to is well received like The wheels on the bus :)

Darci - posted on 09/22/2010

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yes my son loves the usborne touchy feely books, some titles are Thats not my puppy, Thats not my tractor, thats not my dolly. They have almost every thats not my.. something so yeah they are great and perfect fit for a diaper bag. Still at 19 months my son loves those books. Priddy Books has some good ones a lot of their books have things to feel or lights and sound. I just got a Halloween one by priddy Books called Halloween Jack and on the last page a dracula lights up and say hahahah. My son loves it. Dr. Suess's nursery has some good ones. We have one called wet pet, dry pet, your pet, my pet! It is a touchy feely one and awesome who doesnt like Dr. suess.Theres a really great book called Tickle monster by Josie Bissett there is just the book or The Tickle monster Laughter Kit we have that it is so cool. It is a box and you open it and the book is inside with blue furry monster hands mits you put on and can tickle your child while you read its seriously the coolest book. The tickle monster laughter kit is about 30 bucks maybe a lot for a book but it is well worth it. I have seen it in some boutiques where you can buy it or I ordered mine at a barns and noble store, but I have been there recentely and saw the laughter kits in their store so i think they are selling them in the store now and you wont have to wait to order one. Some of my sons favorite books are the very hungry catepillar pop up book by eric carle, Little Tiger is Loud by Hood/Nascimbeni, its a book about using your inside book and has a few pop ups and things that move. Another one of his favorites is a book by Begin smart titled Play shapes, I cant tell him to go get this book and he know exactly which one off the shelf and gets it every time. The book has the basic shapes and they are all this foamy material same as the book it self and they come in and out of the book like a puzzle so each page is a different shape and my son loves to take the shapes out and flip to the pages to put them where they go. Some other books that he pulls off the shelf often to read are the basic nursery ryhm books he really likes them. A few more books my son likes are Eric Carle's ABC and Eric Carle's opposites

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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wow i didn't know that there was that many my kids r going to love them thank u

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I like Please Baby Please, by Spike Lee and Llama Llama Red pajamas, Im also a big Dr. Suess fan, but only the ones he wrote prior to the 1970"s. Most of those have reall story lines not just made up rhyme time.

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Little Quack Counts, Little Quack's bedtime,
Any books with numbers,
Peek-a-baby
Counting with Elmo
He loves books that have a realistic story in it... he has one about garbage trucks, firefighters and one about someone taking care of his new car. (all in French though).
I attended a conference about children and reading and it was suggested that children should be presented with realistic stories as well as fantasy. My son loves both depending on his mood.

maybe you can go to the library and borrow some books. then you can purchase only the ones you really enjoy.

Amy - posted on 09/21/2010

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, anything Winnie The Pooh, My Little Pony, Dora the Explorer Phonics Books, Potty Training Book (it's never too soon to read about it), Corduroy, Knuffle Bunny, anything Elmo or Sesame Street, Little Critter books

Heather - posted on 09/21/2010

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Hungry Hungry Caterpillar, Stellaluna, any of the Golden Books, The Monster at the End of the Book....

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2010

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Goodnight Moon is a classic...
I love you Stinkyface is suuuuper cute & my son loves the pics!

Ashleigh - posted on 09/20/2010

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My son's absolute favorites are the Dinosailors and All aboard the Dinotrain! Both by Deb Lund

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any and all books :) My 7 y old reads Harry Potter now. Of course, picture books are best to start with!

Jennifer - posted on 09/20/2010

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I dont know specific book titles, but start with first readers that have easy words and short sentences. meaning two to three words. If taken care of then they will also be used when she starts reconizing words.

Tanya - posted on 09/19/2010

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On the Night You Were Born. ( made me cry for the 1st two weeks)

A bright new star (has a star that lights up and changes colors.

TEn Little Ladybugs
The Pudgy Where is your Nose?
The Monster at the end of this book
The Cinder-Eyed Cats (so great and beautiful wording)
Where the Wild Things Are
I Love you Stinky Face
Snowmen at NIght
Good NIght Gorilla
The Lady With The Alligator Purse
Hiccupotamos (very funny)
Chicken Sunday
Once Upon A Starry Night (Nat Geo)
Rainbow Fish
Llama Llama Red Pajama (or any of the Llama Llama)

I could go on forever. Some of those I have with paper pages so I don't read them as often. When I do I start with a small board book and them let him hold it while I read the paper book.

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Goodnight moon
Guess how much I love you
Pickle Things (this book has been a favorite for both my husband and myself since we were little)
The very hungry caterpillar

Rachel - posted on 09/19/2010

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Jumping Mouse, SootFace, Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, Ride a Purple Pelican

Sara - posted on 09/19/2010

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My son's current fav is Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? And there are about 5 or 6 more Jesse Bear books that I'm just waiting to get.

Sarah - posted on 09/19/2010

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aaah what would we ever do without board books.
his books take plenty of a bashing. lol.

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My son loves

> The 'That's not my...' series of books (touch and feel)
> Go to sleep Russell the Sheep (Rob Scotton)
> Peepo (Janet and Allan Ahlberg)
> Simple one word descriptive books
> I love my daddy (Sebastien Braun)
> Nursery rhyme books
> Books with lights and sounds
> Touchy feely books

My son is still in the board books stage and loves handling and 'reading' the books himself (he is only 11 months so not reading really).

Laura - posted on 09/19/2010

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Very Hungry Caterpillar
I'm A Manatee * get it with the CD
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom *get it with the CD- this book is AMAZING!
The Balloon Tree
Goodnight Moon
Snuggle Puppy
Anything Robert Munsch- my daughter loves the different voices and expressions!

Sarah - posted on 09/19/2010

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Me and my little boy Oliver who is 19months love reading pretty much anything and everything .. however here are some of our personal favourites ....


The Gruffalo.
The Snail And The Whale.
Guess How Much I Love You
We're Going On A Bear Hunt
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
The Very Hungry Caterpilller
he also likes the beatrix potter peter rabbit collection and the mr men collection, first word books (he likes reading them himself)
and pretty much anything In The Night Garden related or Thomas The Tank Engine related.


I really really want the gruffalo's child .. but at the moment he has no room on his shelf.

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