B4U: Toddlers or Easy Readers

Goldilocks and the Three DinosaursAnything by Mo Willems:
We absolutely love this author, can not rave enough about him. He has several series including the Pigeon series (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!), Knuffle Bunny series (Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale), Elephant and Piggie series (I Broke My Trunk and Today I Will Fly!); as well as, several individually written books such as Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. We have really enjoyed rereading these to our little brothers and have even begun to look into adding them to our personal collection.


The Very Hungry CatapillarAnything by Eric Carle:
Some of our earliest memories of being read to are books by Eric Carle. We loved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1,2,3 to the Zoo, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. (The last two were his first books where he was both author and illustrator.) He has more books that we have loved than we have time or space to mention; but considering that you can find many of his books in both easy readers and toddler board books, we feel that you should be able to find something that works for you.

Chicka Chicka Boom BoomChicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archamdault

What’s it about:
A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”

When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?

Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years! Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art. This winning combination has created a series of enduring Chicka Chicka favorites, and now, for the first time ever, the complete edition of the original Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story is available as a Classic Board Book. With sturdy pages and rounded corners, this portable edition of an irresistible alphabet romp will delight a new generation ofyoung readers.

Our thoughts: Our mother has this one memorized. I think that alone should tell you how much all of us have liked this book.

Final thoughts: When it comes to these sorts of books, go with your gut. If the title makes you smile and you enjoy looking at the pictures, then chances are you will most likely reread the book to your child with out even once wanting to bury it deep in a hole out in the woods. We ourselves have enjoyed many, many more easy readers, but these stood out in our memories as our very favorite.

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