17 Jul 2013

Top 10 Toddler Must-Reads

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Top 10 Toddler must-reads

  1. Schnitzel Von Krumm Forget-Me-Not by Lynley Dodd
  2. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 
  3. You’re All My Favourites by Sam McBratney
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle    
  5. I'm not cute by Jonathan Allen
  6. Honk! by Mick Inkpen
  7. Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson
  8. Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
  9. Elmer's weather by David McKee
  10. Where's that monkey?  by Dan Crisp
  11. Rainbow Rob by don't know who  (Anonymous)
  12. Noisy Noisy Grrr by don't know who  (Anonymous)
  13. That's not my lion by Fiona Watt

Perhaps not 10, more like 13. You’re All My Favourites is missing from the photo as it's back in the library where it belongs, much to J's consternation.

We seem to have a bit of a bias for noisy animal books, but that has been the case right from the outset. It must be me sending subliminal messages to the little one, choosing animal-based themes for all his things since he was a baby. My rationale being I should not be the one to gender-typecast him by choosing blue tractors and cars or avoiding pinks and dolls. Seems to have worked alright as we now have yellow animals all over the place!

It is never too early to start reading to your little one. We started when J was a few weeks old. He would lie down/sit propped up on my knee, stare at the pictures and listen to the noises.

We have moved on since. He now picks out his own reading material.  "Krummmm," is a hot favourite at the moment.  We picked it up at the local library a week ago, and not a day has passed when we have not read it together. Sometimes more than five times in a day. Especially at bedtime, when he chooses which parent gets to have a go at 'Krumm' first. And if he is not entirely satisfied with the outcome, the other parent gets the privilege of reading it aloud as well! I hate to think what will happen when 'Krumm' goes back to the library. M has the solution - he has already gone and bought the book. That's men for you, can't handle a few tantrums and tears!

Which brings me to the most important use of J's love of books. They serve as the perfect tantrum neutralisers. The jury is still out on whether you should use distraction techniques with toddlers. At the end of the day, when your patience is wearing thin, all you want is a tantrum-free toddler. Books seem to do the trick with J. At the first appearance of Mr. Cranky Pants, I pull out one of his favourites (Krumm at the moment), and voila! Cheery J is back!

I will try and review some of these books at a later date. For now, will suffice to say that even I am warming to 'Krumm'.


  1. Great list. A number of these are new to me, so I'll check them out. Thanks!

  2. Like you, we've read to both of ours since they were just a few weeks old, and they do enjoy their books, which is lovely to see. My son loves lift the flap books, and my daughter loves anything to do with princesses, fairies or poo! Though, TBH, she'll read anything at all! We're just working our way through the Mr Men library :)

  3. Lovely to see lists of favourite books like this. It gives me some inspiraration for my own sons little library. Thank you!


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