The Adventures of Huckleberry Brin is a great resource for all levels of children’s literature and programming, but today Brin joins us to specifically speak to her Top 10 picks for Toddlers! Featuring concept books with letters and colours, and lots and lots of animal stories, these choices are sure to be a hit!
Thanks for joining me in my countdown of my Top Ten Books for Toddlers! These are not in any particular order because I like them all for very different reasons and who can really pick a favourite anyway?
Number One: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Does your Daddy need help getting dressed or giving big hugs? This story is lots of fun! Little Hippo’s Daddy needs help with everything from getting dressed to eating his carrots, or that’s what Little Hippo thinks. Have fun with your child by getting them to participate in telling this story, they’ll love sighing along with you when you say “Oh, Daddy!”
Number Two: Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig
A guessing game and a movement game in one?! This book offers a lot of opportunity for vocabulary building and play.Guess who is dancing based on their feet and then practice dancing like that animal. Your child will be introduced to a variety of concepts such as animals, colours, and movement adjectives.
Number Three: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Everyone gets grumpy sometimes. Help your little bird get out of their cranky pants by joining Bird on his walk through the forest. Bird woke up grumpy, too grumpy to fly, so he’s decided to walk. Along the way, his friends join him and end up playing a bit of a copycat game that cheers Bird up. For added fun, join Bird and his friends in their game!
Number Four: Kiss Kiss! by Margaret Wild
Baby Hippo left home in the morning and forgot to give his mama a kiss! As he waddles through the African landscape, he sees all of the other baby animals kissing their mamas. Suddenly, he remembers that he forgot to kiss his mama and rushes back home. Try making this story interactive by kissing your little one as the other baby animals give their mamas a kiss.
Number Five: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Who doesn’t love a good alphabet book? This book has a great rhythm and begs to be read over and over again. I love the use of colours and both lower and uppercase letters. Have your child point out colours and letters they recognize as you read the book and point to the letters as you read each one to strengthen the connection between the letter and its sound. Also, Weston Woods has done a fantastic video of this book with a killer beat!
Number Six: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
I love this book because it encourages participation and movement. You can demonstrate the movements of each animal and have your child copy them. You can even extend the fun and make up animal movements of your own!
Number Seven: I Am Small by Emma Dodd
The world is a scary place, but with your help your little penguin can do anything. This book is beautifully illustrated with simple text that allows you to elaborate as much or as little as you’d like. I’d recommend this book for a cozy bedtime story where you can cuddle your little one and give them a little extra security.
Number Eight: Who’s Laughing? by David Bedford
It should be no surprise by now that I love interactive books and stories. This lift-the-flap book is very well done and a lot of fun to read. Enjoy making the different sounds of animals laughing and then guessing who is laughing like that. Extend the fun by making up more animal laughs!
Number Nine: Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
As far as colour books go, this one is my favourite. Not only does it introduce the colours of the rainbow, but also the concepts of night and day. Extend your child’s knowledge by talking about how some animals sleep during the day and are awake at night. Also, see how excited you guys can make the owl sound throughout the book!
Number Ten: Zzzzz: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
This is a great bedtime book. The relaxing illustrations are interesting enough to hold your child’s attention, but not so stimulating that they will get wound up just before sleep. Another great thing about this book is the little owl that is present on every page discovering how all the other animals sleep.
Thanks for your time, I hope you find at least one book on this list that will become an integral part of your child’s personal library!
— Huckleberry Brin