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?
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.
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):
Yummy Yucky by Leslie (ILT) Patricelli (ALL of ’em)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Hey, while I’m at it, how about a list of Desi/Muslim books for kids?
Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
and newly discovered: