In honour of world book day, I’ve listed my favourite books to read to and with my two year old. I’ve always been such an advocate of investing time into reading to your children, it’s so important! I’ve read to Leo since he was a newborn and now he loves books. He could sit at ‘read’ his books for hours and he loves our bedtime stories!
The Snail and The Whale – Julia Donaldson
This is one of Leo’s current favourite books so I thought I’d start with this one. He loves all the pictures in it and the rhyming element to the story. It’s got a beautiful message that no matter how big or small you may feel, you can still make an impact when it counts.
A Sick Day For Amos McGee – Phillip C Stead
We’ve loved this one since he was just a few months old. The message of friendship and good karma is beautiful!
Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney
This book is a great one to read just before bed. For our bedtime stories, I like to fill him with love and positivity before he drifts off to dream land.
The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
Hi could we not include one of the best children’s books ever written? This classic from Julia Donaldson will remain within our favourites for many years to come.
The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson
The follow up to the Gruffalo, we love this one!
Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees
This story has a beautiful message which shows that everyone is different and everyone learns at their own pace! It also rhymes lovely.
Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freeman and Ben Cort
Aliens love underpants is a book that always gets us giggling!
Goodnight Digger – Michelle Robinson and Nick East
We love to read this one just before he goes to sleep as our bedtime story, it’s a very relaxing book for little ones. Since he is a car and digger fanatic also, this one always seems to go down a treat!
A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson
Another Julia Donaldson classic, this one gets us laughing but has a lovely message to appreciate what you have.
Pop Up Dinosaurs – Fiona Watt
Pop up books are so much fun for a day time read, toddlers always love an interactive story!
Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
This is a classic story. We have the lift the flap version which he loves! It’s always lovely to get him involved in the reading of the story, even if he can’t read the words just yet!
The Lorax – Dr Seuss
This one is another repeat from last years post but with good reason! The story shows us the importance of loving and respecting our environment and the consequences if we don’t.
The Dinosaur Department Store – Lily Murray and Richard Merritt
This book is fairly new to our collection but we’ve really enjoyed it so far. The quirky illustrations and beautifully written narratives make great, fun reading!
We also love the Large Family books and of course anything Peppa Pig. I could go on all day but these are my top favourites. I hope this helps anyone who is looking for new books to read to their toddler – I know how repetitive it can feel sometimes!