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I am looking for good books to read my 3.5 year old boy!

We have a smallish library that I go to but I cannot seem to find too many that I really like . . .

They will do interlibrary loans though so I am going to compile a list of good books for a 3 and a 1/2 year old boy.

thanks for suggestions

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I Know a Place, by Karen Ackerman (might be out of print, but you can get it in hardback for pennies, on Amazon)


The Whale's Song, by Dyan Sheldon


Any of the Big Anthony/Strega Nona or Jamie O'Rourke books, by Tomie di Paola...and The Art fact, pretty much anything by him.


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What kind of stories does your boy like? Long attention span with lots of words per page, or a more active-style book with a lot of humor?


For more active books with less words per page, my kid loves anything by Mo Willems, especially Leonardo the Terrible Monster but also all of the Elephant and Piggie books and the Pigeon books. Richard Scarry is also a big hit around here - we have a couple of compilations (the Favorite Storybook Ever is the one we like best). We also like everything by Maurice Sendak, and anything with a good rhythm, like I Ain't Gonna Paint No More (Karen Beaumont), Tingo Tango Mango Tree, etc.


For longer reads, these are some favorites:


Amos & Boris, William Steig

All of the Henry & Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant

All of the Dr. Seuss brand educational books (Oh Say Can you Seed, Is A Camel a Mammal, etc)

Once Upon a Starry Night, Jacqueline Milton

Anything by Robert Munsch

Everything by Arnold Lobel

How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long

Verdi, Janell Cannon

The Rainbow Goblins, Ul de Rico (this one is pretty dark but gorgeously illustrated)


We're also doing a lot of reading Aesop's Fables and books of myths and legends right now (my kid just turned 4, but we started them around 3.5).

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