2 yo likes books with stories and repetitive lines - suggestions please!!!

(63 Posts)
2beornot Fri 01-Mar-13 17:56:01

Favourites are gingerbread man, three little pigs, three bears. We've also got gruffalo.

Any suggestions? I'm particularly looking for modern ones that I might not find otherwise.


googietheegg Fri 01-Mar-13 17:56:42

How about Each Peach Pear Plum - an oldie but a goodie!

Toddle Waddle - my 2.4 year old can recite the whole thing. It has a lovely rhythm. He also likes one called Busy Day.

idiot55 Fri 01-Mar-13 17:58:49

the hairy mclairey series are rhyming and lovely to read. not sure of my spelling

stargirl1701 Fri 01-Mar-13 17:59:03

You need Dr Seuss. Endless repetition, so many books! grin

41notTrendy Fri 01-Mar-13 17:59:43

Goodnight Moon was a favourite here when ds was that age. And Charlie Cook's favourite book.

The Fox in the Dark by Allison Green is wonderful.

PseudoBadger Fri 01-Mar-13 18:02:29

Moo, Baa, La La La
Apple Pear Orange Bear
Brown Bear Brown Bear

busyprocrastinating Fri 01-Mar-13 18:02:30

My dd loves Room on the Broom by the same people as the Gruffalo. It rhymes and has repetition. I can now read it with my eyes closed

Takver Fri 01-Mar-13 18:05:58

Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough (I still remember dd shouting STILL STUCK at the end of every page and she is nearly 11 grin )

colditz Fri 01-Mar-13 18:06:22

All of the Dr Seuess

LittleButton Fri 01-Mar-13 18:07:07

room on the broom, the gruffalo's child

Wallace Fri 01-Mar-13 18:08:52
plentyofgrowingroom Fri 01-Mar-13 18:20:51

My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes

2beornot Fri 01-Mar-13 18:26:03

Wow! Lots of suggestions. We buy her one a month, so will get through them all I'm sure!

Nonsensical Fri 01-Mar-13 18:26:07

What the Ladybird Heard - by Julia Donaldson and pics by Lydia Monk - fab!

breadandhoney Fri 01-Mar-13 18:33:05

A squash and a squeeze by Julia Donaldson.

Julia Donaldson's What the Ladybird Heard. Brilliant.

AvonCallingBarksdale Fri 01-Mar-13 18:38:39

All the Julia Donaldson ones - Monkey Puzzle, Smartest Giant In Town, I particularly like. Fix It Duck, Shark In The Park.

bamboobutton Fri 01-Mar-13 18:40:25

Mr Magnolia

I think I have read that to dd every night for the last 2 months!<twitch>

Blatherskite Fri 01-Mar-13 18:41:22

Again by Emily Gravett is one of my DD's (just 3) favourites and has repetitive lines. DD knows it so well now, she "reads" the agains smile

Anything by Julia Donaldson would work. Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Squash and a Squeeze and What the Ladybird Heard are all big hits here.

Goldilocks and just the one Bear is a good one too if she already likes the original.

Blatherskite Fri 01-Mar-13 18:43:04

Oh and "Where's Fred" - DD loves that story!

LentilAsAnything Fri 01-Mar-13 18:44:57
Starfishkiss Fri 01-Mar-13 18:46:56

Definitely Duck in a Truck! My son loves shouting out the lines too!

MrsPear Fri 01-Mar-13 18:47:01

Peace at Last - ds 1 loves this book.

"oh no" says daddy bear (we changed this from Mr Bear) "i can't stand this"!

titan Fri 01-Mar-13 18:47:49

Brown bear, brown bear - Eric Carle
Also the very busy spider. Very repetitive but seem to appeal.
My 2.5 yo is currently obsessed with Meg and Mog series. We got a set of 10 v cheap from the book people.

Jacksterbear Fri 01-Mar-13 18:47:55

We're going on a bear hunt
Monkey and me

MumOfAPickle Fri 01-Mar-13 18:49:12

I second the hairy maclary & slinky malinky ones by Lynley Dodd. Both my two love them & you can often get the sets on book people for tuppence. Also agree squash & squeeze, what the ladybird heard & smartest giant in town (you get to make up a tune for the song in this one!)

I'm not sure they meet your criteria, but Aliens Love Underpants and Giraffes Can't Dance are lovely for this age group.

Another vote for Monkey and me

Startail Fri 01-Mar-13 19:18:17

Room on the broom was DD1s fav.
DD2 loved little tiger.

There are three one about not going to bed, one about not wanting a bath and one about him having a sibling.

I don't want to go to bed

timtam23 Fri 01-Mar-13 21:02:00

Definitely Julia Donaldson - A Squash and a Squeeze, Monkey Puzzle - by far the best of her books in my opinion!

Duck in The Truck as previously mentioned

I'm Not Cute - Jonathan Allen

Where is the Green Sheep? - Mem Fox - a massive favourite with both my kids

Cock-a-Moo-Moo - Juliet Dallas-Conte

Sarahplane Fri 01-Mar-13 22:09:39

ben and bella in the big red bath. has lots of repetition and a kind of train like rhythm to it.

Sarahplane Fri 01-Mar-13 22:10:30

oh no sorry it's ben and bella in the big red train that has the train rhythm. both good tho.

My dd loves oh dear by rod Campbell

determinedma Sat 02-Mar-13 22:07:20

Hairy Mclary books are a must
Also room on the broom by Julia donaldson

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Sat 02-Mar-13 22:14:02

along came a bedtime
All mine have loved this.

DeWe Sat 02-Mar-13 22:21:57

Bunny and Bee (lots of different ones-Noisy Night is the best) by Sam Williams:
"Here is a house, a house in a tree
The house is the home of Bunny and Bee"

Hippee Sat 02-Mar-13 22:23:50

"Cows in the kitchen" has been a surprise hit

"Fix-it Duck" is even better than "Duck in the Truck" in my opinion.

"That's not funny" - it's about poo, but even I think it's fun.

"There's an ouch in my pouch"

Anything by Julia Donaldson.

acsec Sat 02-Mar-13 22:34:54

Walking through the jungle

Goldensunnydays81 Sat 02-Mar-13 22:57:09

My ds who is 2 loves we are going on a bear hunt! And that has got lots of repetitiveness in it!!

Leeds2 Sun 03-Mar-13 00:03:03

Hairy McLairy.
We're Going On a Bear Hunt.

BikeRunSki Sun 03-Mar-13 07:32:02

Monkey and Me
Toddle Waddle

Moominsarehippos Sun 03-Mar-13 07:40:13

If you go walking in tiger wood
One bear falls out of bed
There's a dinosaur counting one (think its called 'stomp roar')

Have a look at the Book People or Red Door/Barn (??) Booksellers. They do amazing value packs of books that cost a fraction of the shops.

StillStuck Wed 06-Mar-13 22:32:44

dragon stew is great, very funny and a wonderful rhyming story


StillStuck Fri 08-Mar-13 19:35:26

I read two with ds today that made me think of this thread: the odd egg, by emily gravett, which is brilliant fun with beautiful, witty pictures, and a story with repetition

And the elephant and the bad baby, by raymond briggs (I think) funny story, lots of repetition and very memorable

PeasandCucumbers Sat 09-Mar-13 14:40:55

Was joining the thread to suggest Monkey and Me but obviously several people got there first smile

The Duck in the Truck... truly and utterly joyous for our DC when they were 3 and 2. We had to read it EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. for about 3 months.

MisForMumNotMaid Sat 09-Mar-13 15:40:08

The snail and the Whale. It rhymes and the pictures show the story.

My DD is just two and she loves lift the flap 'dear zoo' and doing all the animal noises.

mummybare Sat 09-Mar-13 15:44:59

I second The Snail and the Whale, Monkey Puzzle and A Squash and a Squeeze
Also Tiddler The Story-telling Fish, Stick Man

I also second Dragon Stew and Going on a Bear Hunt
Also The Bear in the Cave

alwayslateforwork Sat 09-Mar-13 15:49:12

Charlie cook's favourite book

In fact, anything by julia Donaldson, there are zillions, loads mentioned above. Romm on the broom was the outstanding favourite here by miles and miles.

Commotion in the ocean.

Farmyard Hullaballoo

Rumble in the jungle

Any of the duck books

Mine, at 13, 11 and 9, can still recite pretty much the entire books mentioned because they were read them so much at 2.

Fairyloo Sat 09-Mar-13 15:53:54

Chocolate mousse for greedy goose

2beornot Sat 09-Mar-13 15:56:51

Have just ordered room on the broom and duck in the truck. I think I'll look into Hairy McLairy next month (or at the library).

Thank you all very much!!!!

LizzieVereker Sat 09-Mar-13 15:57:06

That's not my ... Series

Not Now Bernard. That's fan.

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Sun 10-Mar-13 01:33:09

OP I have a couple of extra copies of books that we've loved (peace at last, hungry caterpillar, duck in the truck, maybe the gruffalo? I am happy to send them to you if you would like them. Brand new - think I got them as duplicate presents or maybe book start. . PM me.

Turnipsoup Sun 10-Mar-13 01:36:55

Kiss Goodnight Sam- not rhyming but lots of repitition and a lovely bedtime story.

Clawdy Mon 11-Mar-13 12:11:03

Probably already said,but The Elephant and the Bad Baby has a wonderful repeating,building up chorus. And Shark in the Park.

MrsMarigold Mon 11-Mar-13 12:15:37

We are going on a bear hunt
Slinky Malinkey

cityangel Mon 11-Mar-13 23:04:43
cityangel Mon 11-Mar-13 23:06:01


Definitely the Emily Gravett and Eric Carle books (and try Baby Bear, Baby Bear What Do You See? by EC too).

Also, Peepo (J & A Ahlberg), The Tiger Who Came To Tea (J.Kerr), and The Pig in the Pond (M.Waddell) are good for rhymes/repetition.

vespalover Mon 11-Mar-13 23:17:21

Definitely Toddle Waddle

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Mon 11-Mar-13 23:21:30

Aww Duck in a Truck, loved that book.

What shall we do with the Boo-
Hoo baby? is great as well.

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