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Top 5 books that my toddler loves

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If there’s one thing that we have a lot of at our house, it’s books. But can you ever really have too many books? I love to sit and read with my son whenever we have the chance – or whenever he wants to stop his usual constant motion. The following books are some of our favorites and come highly recommended by my favorite two-year-old:

 

1.      The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin


“For all of your tininess couldn't disguise, a heart so enormous...and wild..and wise.”
This book, without fail, makes me cry. If I'm being honest, most books make me cry, but in a good way. It’s so beautifully written and illustrated and is very rhythmic, so it’s very appealing to little ears. It celebrates dreams in the best way! Flynn loves all of the babies, and we even have the plush doll to go along with this book (there is a picture of him on the cover, he’s very cute). This is a great gift for new parents!

2.      Gossie by Olivier Dunrea


“This is Gossie. Gossie is a gosling. A small, yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots. Every day.”
The repetition in this book is so great. We read it quite often, but even after just a few times, Flynn had memorized certain parts – pointing to the pictures when I read and even repeating some words. Now, he asks for her by name!

3.      Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell


“So they sent me a…He was too tall! I sent him back.”
Dear Zoo is another great book for repetition, and it can also be very interactive! We’ve made it a habit to make the animal sounds as we pull back the flaps! We also slither like snakes, stomp like elephants, and stretch like giraffes.

4.      The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister


“The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left and right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish.”
The Rainbow Fish is a true classic! I remember reading this book when I was in nursery school and have loved it ever since. I love sharing this amazing story of friendship with my son, too.

5.      Wish by Matthew Cordell


“We wish you were here.”
Okay, so, maybe this book is more a favorite of mine, but Flynn still loves the sweet elephant pictures! As a mom that struggled with infertility, this spoke to me. I actually bought this book to start our future child’s book collection years before a child was even in the picture. Eventually, he’ll appreciate the story and message, but for now, I’ll settle with looking at the pictures with my sweet boy on my lap.

We would highly recommend all of these books to you and your child! Which ones make your list? Send your suggestions to me: kristina.mulligan.blogs@gmail.com, and head to your local library to check out some of our faves!
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