TODDLER | Books We Love, Spanish too! 2 years – Q4

If you’re reading this, my little baby girl is officially a threenager. She’s been preparing extra fun tantrums for the last few months so I think she’ll fall into the new role just fine.

Storytime continues to evolve, and now that we have given her a big girl bed (that took over her reading spot) we’re trying to figure out the best way to read at night. On the bed? In the chair? While bothering her brother? While not bothering the dog? It’s a work in progress.

Luckily she still loves reading and having us read to her, so we will continue to do so until she can do it herself. Then she can read to us!

Here’s what she loved these last few months:

First Book About The Orchestra

I’ve had a few friends become Usborne Books consultants, but none that have gone to the length that my friend Lin has to show me some titles that my daughter might like. She asked me about my daughter’s likes and interests and since Lin’s familiar with the books, she gave me specific titles to look for. This was one of them.

The book has a little bit of text, large pages of pictures, and a spot on each page to touch that plays music so your child can hear what that particular instrument (or set of instruments) sounds like. At the end, the entire orchestra plays a portion of Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor and as a classically trained pianist (not sure if I can say that anymore since it’s been a few years since I’ve really played) I love to see my daughter nodding her head to the music.

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Little Critters are back with a camping trip, just him and his dad. Since we haven’t gone camping I use this story to point out some items and work on vocabulary. Plus, finding the spider and grasshopper is always fun.

Peppa’s a big favorite in this house (her party was Peppa themed!) so it’s no surprise these two were frequent reads. Peppa Pig and the Little Train is the printed version of the Peppasode about Grandpa Pig’s miniature locomotive. It’s NOT a toy! Peppa Pig and the Easter Rainbow is about a fun, rainbow colored egg hunt and is great to help solidify colors. It might be a Peppasode, but we’re working off of DVDs so I’m not up to date.

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You Were The First, by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, is a sweet story about the first child. If you have tear ducts, you’ll probably use them when reading this for the first (second, third, whatever, don’t judge) time to your child. We received this as a gift after our second baby was born, and I blame the hormones for making me cry. It’s a really sweet, easy story about how special the firstborn is. And, being a firstborn myself, I must say I agree. 🙂

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I’m not going to lie. I’m a sucker for Jon Klassen’s illustrations. This book has a fun story about a young girl who finds a box of endless colorful yarn. Living in a snowy, coal-dust filled town, she transforms the town and its people into beautiful works of art with her colorful knitting.

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The Power of Henry’s Imagination is a really exciting book for me to add to this list because it was written and illustrated by two of my previous coworkers. To see one of their dreams come true is magical.

The story is about a boy named Henry who loses his stuffed rabbit, only to imagine his rabbit is with him anyway and to be reunited in the end. Skye’s story is fun and imaginative but Nic’s illustrations really take the cake. He photographed his drawings and real items in collaboration and they make for a unique visual experience.

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Olivia is still a favorite in this house, and the version of this story that we have is a teeny, flimsy book from a cereal box. Every single page is taped to the surrounding pages and somehow it still falls apart. Just a testament to how much this one got read. It’s a classic Olivia story of her being a demanding pig, but it ends well and it has an additional wordless story in the beginning. That was a fun way for me to have my toddler be creative and tell ME a story for a change.

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Hairy Maclary’s Bone is a story of a little dog trying to make his way home with a bone from the butcher while a large gaggle of other dogs follow him. It’s lighthearted and cute, with interesting obstacles to pick off the other dogs one by one.

SPANISH BOOKS:

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El camioncito azul is the Spanish version of Little Blue Truck. Since LBT was a favorite some time back, I purchased this one in the hopes I could get some more Spanish practice. And boy did I. Some of the longer words in here gave me a bit of trouble (because I was trying to read at the same pace as I read the English one) but once I got the hang of it I was able to read it at a normal pace. Even though my daughter doesn’t really understand what I’m saying, she does know the story, so that helps when I am tripping over my tongue.

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Sometimes when I pop into Target I have a few extra minutes to peruse. They have a handful of Spanish and bilingual books in their children’s book section which is nice because I can look at them before purchasing them (instead of the occasional miss from Amazon).

This is a story about Alfie who is learning how to be polite when asking for a cookie which, coincidentally, is a lesson we are trying to reiterate at home. Honestly, the ways he goes about trying to get a cookie are pretty creative, so I’d probably give him one if I was his mom, but it is a good story to show that “please” can go a long way.

 

 

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