Baji’s Top Ten Recommended Books for Little Kids and then some

For Ages 3-6

1. Really anything by Mo Willems but We Are in a Book is very meta and reminds me of the classic “There’s a Monster at the End of This Book” which leads me to Number 2.

2. There’s a Monster at the End of This Book because interactive book PLUS sweet, loveable Grover is a can’t miss combination.

3. Press Here (on a roll with these interactive books) has been borrowed from the library on more than 10 occasions.

4. The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man just because they really should be Michael Chabon fans as soon as possible, right?

5. Many of the Toon Books have gotten the thumbs up from us but Stinky bears the ZP seal of approval the most while Little Mouse gets AP’s.

6. Big fan of Bob Shea and his Big Plans but I think the Dinosaur vs. series wins out.

7. Anything by Leslie Patricelli but the first introduction to her was Yummy Yucky which has kept its top spot in my heart.

8. The Paper Bag Princess for some girl-power infusion.

9. Can’t have any kind of kid’s book list without Dr. Seuss and My Book About Me allows you to keep a snapshot of your (older) kid’s life with plenty of chuckles along the way.

10. Z is for Moose and AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First tie for last place only because I couldn’t decide between the two alphabet-mayhem books until now.

Hmm. I started the list to help a friend decide what kinds of books to stock up on before she returns overseas and then I realized that the list above is really just books for ME rather than tailored for a two year old. So, here are my top ten board books for babies (some duplicates):

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee

Yummy Yucky by Leslie (ILT) Patricelli (ALL of ’em)

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

That’s Not My Monster (Touchy-Feely Board Books) by Fiona Watt

The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Trains Go by Steve Light

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Hey, while I’m at it, how about a list of Desi/Muslim books for kids?

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert

Fasting and Dates: A Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr Story (Festival Time!) by Jonny Zucker

My First Ramadan by Karen Katz

Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia

and newly discovered:

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan


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