L&H are two! And so very busy. They are always on the go – exploring, running, jumping, playing. So one of my favorite ways to get them to take a breath and a minute to sit is with books. I’m so glad books are still such a big part of our everyday.
Our collection keeps growing! You’ve seen our favorites from ages 0-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months….so now here’s what we are reading now that L&H are officially two.
Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
We snagged this book from our neighborhood’s Little Library (which we frequent at least once per week). I love that it was published in 1999 but has quickly become a favorite in our house. I feel like I never would have known about it had we not traded for it at the Little Library! Such a cute read and there’s a slight jingle to the story which makes it catchy and easy to read over and over.
Pandas Love Pickles byElizabeth King Lynch
I picked this book up in a local shop – the author lives in our area – and I’m SO glad I did. It’s adorable. I love that the animals are slightly unique (seriously, how many children’s books mention urials?!) and the foods are also different then the average run-of-the-mill line up. Tigers eating tofu? Sheep eating sushi? Quail trying quesadillas? Perfect for picky eaters or just hungry tots. Also, warning to all my friends with kids in Philly: I’ll most likely be buying this for your children at some point. Sorry I’m not sorry. I promise you’ll love it.
There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins
A mouse is highly annoyed by a bear, albeit one with flair, who is sitting in his chair and won’t get up. Cute rhymes, fun pictures, easy read (but I guess they all are?!) I’m really glad this one made it onto our bookshelf! Looks like there is also a book by the same author called This Zoo Is Not For You which I may have to order….
Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
I’m pretty sure that Sandra Boynton can do no wrong. She’s officially children’s book royalty in my eyes. In fact, maybe there should be children’s book book clubs devoted entirely to her work. She certainly has enough books in her collection for that to happen! This is such a fun story – L&H find it hilarious when (spoiler alert) the hippos go berserk. Especially fun since we are starting to do work with numbers and counting.
Circle Rolls by Barbara Kanninen
I bought this on a whim since I’ve been working with L&H to teach them their shapes. I didn’t expect it to be such a cute read. They love looking at the colorful shapes doing things, and ask over and over again to see the pages. It’s really clever!
Busy Busy Town by Richard Scarry
For me, this is a complete ‘come full circle’ parenting moment. I grew up LOVING Richard Scarry books so when we got this as a gift I personally was delighted. And then I was overjoyed when I saw L&H love it too. The pages are jam packed with colorful pictures, there are lots of little silly plot lines, and even hidden things along the way. I know this book will be a favorite for years to come. They are long though – so hide it as a bedtime book option if you’re looking for a read that will take less than 45 minutes, HA! We are also huge fans of Cars and Trucks and Things that Go, What Do People Do All Day?, and the Best Word Book Ever.
You are so right. Sandra Boynton can do no wrong. Neither can Oliver Jeffers, pick up his authored books. And Busy Town, the game, is fun, although maybe your two may need to be a year older.