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I was wondering what books your kids like a lot.
DD just started getting into Fancy Nancy but she also likes Brown Bear, Maisy books, French books daddy reads to her, and some other misc. dictionary type books.

Any new suggestions?

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My son loves Curious George books. He will have us read those to him for hours.
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Sandra Boynton is great for that age group.

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My kids at that age have always loved Mama Mama and Papa Papa http://www.amazon.com/Mama-Papa-Boar...3984358&sr=8-1

They have the bonus of showing animals in their natural environment APing their babies.
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Another set of very AP-friendly books is the Backpack Baby series by Miriam Cohen. My dd loves those.

We also like Hop on Pop and Go, Dog, Go.
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Lol. My daughter (21 m) loves 'Go, dog, go'. I find it rather bizarre and annoying, although it is growing on me because she likes it so much. She is starting to 'read' it to herself.

I like the books by Anna Milbourne, and dd likes them too.
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My 2yo's favorite of the moment is Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats.
She's also been enjoying Lauren Child's I am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed from the Charlie and Lola series. I love this one!
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My DD is not quite two yet. ( Good thing, she is getting too big, too fast!)

But I have a huge children's library from my nanny days and can tell you of some favorites.


The If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series (Laura Numeroff) are always well-loved.

The Napping House & The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

Llama Llama Red Pajama & Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Andrea Dewdney

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Bear Snores On by Karam Wilson (or pretty much any book by her!!!)

Alice the Fairy by David Shannon

Knuffle Bunny & Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Whoever You Are & Time For Bed by Mem Fox

Isla & Abuelita by Arthur Dorros

Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis

Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Olivia (ALL of them) by Ian Falconer


Priscilla and the Pink Planet by Nathaniel Hobbie and Jocelyn Hobbie

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes ( I also like most of his other books but this one is by far my favorite!)

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I agree w/ pp

about Brown Bear

and my 2 y/o loves the If you give a mouse a cookie series, pig a pancake, moose a muffin !!

He also is loving Dr, Seuss
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DD is starting to get into Dr Seuss, and of course I can't emphasize enough how great Sandra Boynton books are... She likes the Doggies book (a "counting and barking book" lol...)

One of my current favourites, which she's not quite into yet, is called "Grumpy Bird". I think it's hilarious and brilliant. I hope she likes it soon lol... Maybe it's more for a 3-5yo than a 2yo? I dunno.

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My DS loves anything Dr Suess and Sandra Boynton.
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I second or third the suggestions for Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton, as well as the Numeroff books.

Right now some of DS's favorite books are:

Put Me In The Zoo by Robert Lopshire
The Little Bear series of books by Maurice Sendak
Take Me Out of The Bathtub (and other silly dilly songs) and I'm Still Here In The Bathtub by Alan Katz
Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel
Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood
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My favorite to read and one that my 27 mo requests often is "Whoever You Are"
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I second the Curious George suggestion. We got a collection of 8 or 9 stories for Christmas, and we read at least 2 every night. George is the first request of any reading session.

DS is into any books reflecting his current curiousity--it was trucks for a long time, then Halloween books, then Christmas, now it's snowmen.

He also likes the Clifford books. I think they're dull, but he loves them.

Cordoroy (nice recall from my childhood)
Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Max Cleans Up (Rosemary Wells)
Make Way for Ducklings
Animalia
Authors & Series (board books): Eric Carle, Karen Katz, "My First ..." (Body Book, Truck book, Animal book--photo collages)

Hope that helps and thanks for the thread--I always get a few great new book ideas from these threads!

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My 20 month old loves Robert Munch's books. I think they are aimed at older kids but she loves them just the same. She especially likes "Mud Puddle" & "Paper Bag Princess". I also second "Frog & Toad" she loves those too.

For some reason she hates Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (I love it). She gets mad if I try to read it to her!

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Our two favorite bedtime books are

Time for Bed
http://www.amazon.com/Time-Bed-Big-B...4059579&sr=8-1


I Love You as Much
http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-You-As-...4059601&sr=1-1

Both are repetitive with beautiful, sleepy illustrations.
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Anything by Elsa Beskow. She is loving Pelle's New Suit these days!
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Sandra Boyton

Where the Wild Things Are

There Used to Be an Alligator Under My Bed

and anything with trucks and cars in it

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The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
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Any of the Maisy books - DS loves Maisy
the Big Dog Little Dog series by Dav Pilkey. I can't rec them enough.
I Like it When by Mary Murphy
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
Curious George - VERY popular, read many times over multiple times per day.

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Clip Clop by Nicola Smee

OMG! This!!!!

How could I have forgotten?! This is an all time favorite with many, many children I have read it to,

Even my 19 month old knows it by heart and requests it to be read multiple times in a row!

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My son is younger than most of yall's kids. He's only *almost* 14 months old.

Anyway, I had to read Brown Bear, Brown Bear 8 times in a row the other night. Then he moved on to another book 4 times in a row before I had to cut him off because it was getting too late. The child absolutely LOVES being read to! He also likes The Big Red Barn and I Love You So...

I recognize and love so many of the books that have been suggested, and will continue building my library. We have hundreds of books, but tons of them are for slightly older children.

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Ds is 27 months. We go through book 'cycles'. For 1-2 weeks, we'll read the same 3-4 books over and over (and over) again and then the next week it's a different set.

Current favorites:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (he flips through this and 'reads' the story page by page to his stuffed animals and trains - "In light moon little egg lay on leaf..." - too cute!!)

Each Peach Pear Plum

I Went Walking

Anything Thomas and Friends (not my favorite but my mom gets these for him)

Love You Forever (aka The Toilet Book because of the picture of the toilet on the front)


Past favorites include:

The Little Engine that Could

The Carrot Seed

Richard Scarry's Car and Trucks and Things that Go

The Runaway Bunny

and pretty much anything related to cars, trucks, trains, planes, etc.

He loved Sandra Boynton about 3-4 months ago but hasn't picked them up again since. Too bad - I LOVE those books!
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My DD loved Sandra Boynton when she was 14-18 months, but she's really out grown them now (29 months). She's also really out grown Bear Snores On. I think her taste in books is a bit old for her age. Here are some current favorites:

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose - we read at least a few pages of this every day. She adores it. She can recite or sing so many nursery rhymes it's crazy. I adore Sylvia Long and highly recommend any of her work.

Kevin Henkes - Our current favorites are Chester's Way (she regularly quotes Lily saying "I'm the Queen and I like EVERYTHING" ) and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. She also loves the "Box of Treats" which are geared to a younger crowd, though I wasn't overly impressed with them. A few months ago she was really into Chrysanthm, and after the page showing the names of all of the kids in the class, she would recognize them by name in the pictures . Personally, I think his books are more geared toward 4-6 year olds, but we're quickly collecting them. DH and I both really like them. They have lots of character.

Iza Trapani - Her favorite is I'm a Little Teapot. I think these are good for the 2 year old crowd.

On Mother's Back (with pictures and descriptions of baby wearing around the world)

Curious George, though I admit that these books drive me batty.

Kiss Goodnight and You Can Do It Sam by Amy Hest - these are great.

You're All my Favorites by Sam Mcbratney

Sometimes I like to Curl up in a Ball and I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge

I'm sure there are more. We read tons of books.

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DS is 21 months old and right now his favourite book is Brown Bear. He lets me read it once and then he "reads" it to me.

He also likes Sandra Boynton's books and Curious George.

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DD loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Goodnight Moon.
My MIL bought a lot of books by Karen Katz, and she loves those as well.
She also loves anything with numbers and books about colors.

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Don't forget to try some chapter books too. My DS is 2.5 and loves Wind in the Willows and Winne-the-Pooh (classics). He even liked Little House in the Bed Woods, but for some reason decided he didn't like Farmer Boy. He said it was because there was a pig in it. *shrug*
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Mine loves "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems. Loves it enough to quote the pigeon's dialogue in a bad fake generic "New York" accent at random moments.

Others:
Sandra Boynton -- specifically "Doggies," "But Not the Hippopotamus," and "The Belly Button Book."
For some reason, the Babar books appeal to one of my kids ... they were old ones from my childhood and he picked them up
Rosemary Wells/Iona Opie's Mother Goose
"Freight Train" by Donald Crews
Richard Scarry books
"Good Night Gorilla"
the original "Little Bear" books

There are so many great books with really wonderful art like Ezra Jack Keats' use of the collage and stamping methods, too.
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