Books books books

By | April 13, 2011

We love books in our house, well me and C do, M isn’t really a fan.  At the tender age of 21 and a half months, C must own at least 100 books, probably more.  Is that excessive?  They’re spread between the living room and her bedroom at the moment but I really must get a proper bookshelf sorted for her.

She has her favourites; Dear Zoo was an early one and she can just about ‘read’ it herself now, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is another and she knows a lot of the words to this one too.

We’re moving away from board books now that she can be trusted with paperbacks and have found a whole new world in our local library.  I’ve taken C to the library from being quite young but, unfortunately, they haven’t got a very large selection of board books so we didn’t go too often.  Now that we are taking home the paperback books she has shelves and shelves to pick from.  It’s fantastic and we’re there almost every week.

Recent books that she’s enjoyed have included The Gruffalo (we’ve just got it out for the 2nd time in a month), Mr Magnolia, Funnybones and My Dad.  I bought her One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish a few weeks ago but she’s not really seemed keen on that one so I’m thinking she’s maybe a little too young for Dr.Seuss just yet.

With her birthday coming up in a couple of months I’m starting to think about presents and books are obviously going to feature heavily on the list but a search on Amazon comes up with thousands so I need to narrow it down a little!

What books would you recommend for a 2 year old?  Are there any your child really hasn’t liked?  What are their favourites?

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angelsandurchinsblog on April 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm.

It’s so much fun having children who love books. I’d recommend anything by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schaffler (particularly Room on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale), The Prince’s Bedtime, Charlie & Lola (though my best friend says that the children get on far too well to be realistic!) and the Mr Men.
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Emma on April 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm.

Thanks. I’ve never heard of The Prince’s Bedtime so will have to check that one out. We’re just starting with the Julia Donaldson books really; love The Gruffalo but we weren’t too keen on Tiddler. Have heard good things about Room on the Broom so will probably get that one.

Thanks for the suggestions, I do agree with your friend on Charlie & Lola though!

Mandy on April 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm.

There is definitely no such thing as ‘too many books’ Good for you! As a childminder I’ve looked after so many children and their likes and dislikes in books always surprises you – so the rule is just to always have a good selection available. One of my favourite childrens’ authors is Helen Cooper, she is truly original – for a two year old I might recommend her ‘The baby who wouldn’t go to bed’ but other firm favourites among my little critics have been ‘The Bear Under The Stairs’ and ‘Tatty Ratty’.

My list of classics would include:

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Brown
The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Each Peach, Pear, Plum by the Ahlbergs
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

Ok, I’m going to stop there or I’ll overwhelm you just as much as Amazon.
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Emma on April 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm.

Thank you so much! I have read the last three you list but none of the others so will go and see what I can find!

And I definitely agree there’s no such thing as too many books, just need to find a sensible way of storing them all!