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What was/is your toddlers favourite book?

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SlightlyB0nkers Tue 05-Apr-11 12:33:56

My dd is 1.2 years and loves books. As I live abroad most of her books are in Finnish. I have to buy English books online and miss flipping through the pages terribly. It's so hard to tell anything about a book from just looking at the cover on a computer screen.

What books were favourites in your house or what would you reccommend?
Thanks for your help.

Bohica Tue 05-Apr-11 12:40:56

Lost & found by Oliver Jeffers
iI was you blue kangaroo by Emma Clark
Sleepy me by Marni McGee
Charlie & lola books by Lauren Child
Little Princess stories by Tony Ross - I don't like these but DD does
The perfect hug by Joanna Walsh
I love my little story book by Anita Jeram
Don't eat the teacher by Nick Ward - very funny book
Squash the spider by Nick Ward

And we also read Boris books that have a puppet attatched.


Abcinthia Tue 05-Apr-11 12:56:47

Mog The Forgetful Cat (there is a series based on Mog. I have some of the other ones and my DD really enjoys them too) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Both are by Judith Kerr.

My DD got them for her 2nd birthday and they've been read nearly non-stop since (she's 3½ now).

trice Tue 05-Apr-11 14:36:10

dear zoo

Beasknees Tue 05-Apr-11 14:37:37

each peach pear plum
i like a lot of the gruffalo range - especially the snail on the whale and room on the broom

overthemill Tue 05-Apr-11 14:38:37


WalterFlipsticks Tue 05-Apr-11 14:40:08

DS is 2.8 he loves the very hungry caterpillar
The Gruffalo/Gruffalos child/Monkey Puzzle
Current fave is There's a house inside my Mummy, but I am pregnant so he thinks it's him and me and DH in the book!

StrawberriesAndScream Tue 05-Apr-11 14:40:37

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MummyBerryJuice Tue 05-Apr-11 14:42:41

Almost anything by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, or Michael Rosen (but be warned they can be VERY repetitive and VERY boring). His current favourite is Hugless Douglas. DS is 15 months

StrawberriesAndScream Tue 05-Apr-11 14:45:52

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bluebump Tue 05-Apr-11 14:49:50

The Baby's Catalogue, and well most things by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
The tiger that came to tea is a big favourite too, especially when he drinks the daddy's beer grin

SlightlyB0nkers Tue 05-Apr-11 18:49:24

Thank you so much for giving me these suggestions (and so quickly tooshock). I'm going to have a fun evening looking at the books and doing a bit of shopping online. We don't have any of those books, yet.

wearymum200 Wed 06-Apr-11 21:52:21

Cave Baby (Julia Donaldson and Emily Gravett)
Emily Gravett is just a brilliant illustrator and we love all hers, especially "Monkey and me", "Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear" and "Meerkat mail"
Pumpkin soup series (Pumpkin soup, Pipkin of Pepper, Delicious)(last week's favourites) (Helen Cooper), also Tatty Ratty (good to have up your sleeve in case favourite toy goes AWOL)
This week we have moved on to Alfie and Annie Rose (but DD is a bit older than yours, so maybe leave these a while)
Elephant and the bad baby
Hairy maclary a hit with both DC when they were 1-2

Mssoul Wed 06-Apr-11 21:53:24

The cat in the bloody hat grin (2.7)

loonyrationalist Wed 06-Apr-11 21:58:39

DD2 (2.1) loves

peepo - Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Clip Clop - Nicola Smee
Incy Wincy Spider - Keith Chapman
Mog & the tiger who came to tea as already mentioned
Anything Maisy Mouse (but don't get these they are tedious beyond belief!!)

goosiegander Thu 07-Apr-11 07:33:19

Mr Spotty's Potty - Hilary Robinson
Once There Were Giants - Martin Waddell
The Egg - M P Robertson
How To Teach A Dragon Manners
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Flora McQuack - Penny Dolan
Goldilocks and the Wolf (twist on two traditional tales)

jimmycarr Sun 10-Apr-11 14:41:18

Meg and Mog
The Tiger who came to tea
Each peach pear plum
The hungry caterpillar
Dear Zoo
Room on the broom
Owl babies
We're going on a bear hunt
Baggy Brown
This is the bear
Peace at last
Elmer the elephant

jimmycarr Sun 10-Apr-11 14:42:04

Oh and Spot the dog books!

She still loves all of these books at 4.2.

peeriebear Sun 10-Apr-11 14:50:09

DD2 is 4 and her all time, best ever, favourite book is You Choose by Pippa goodhart and illustrated by Nick Sharratt. It's basically pages of wonderful pictures; 'What food would you choose if you were hungry?' with a double page spread of every food imaginable, from trifle, lobster or kedgeree to bangers and mash! 'Where would you want to live?' two pages of everything- gypsy caravan, high rise flats, tent, cave, even fairy castle and toadstool house. DD2 asks me to look at it with her every single day because the possibilities are endless. 'who would you like for friends?' 'What pets would you choose?' etc.

eggspectantmum Mon 11-Apr-11 14:27:49

Just like you ~ it's lovely
Hairy McClary/ Slinky Malinki
Elmer ~ had a bath book of that

fastedwina Thu 14-Apr-11 01:13:54

Pumpkin Soup - it's amazing and the illustrations are sooooo lush!

Parietal Thu 14-Apr-11 02:32:31

Madeline's rescue
The elephant and the bad baby

midtowner Thu 14-Apr-11 02:46:20

YY peeriebear, You Choose (I'd forgotten that one)

The Angry Ladybird (by the same person as the Hungry Catterpillar)

Any of the Slinky Malinki books

Ds2 also used to love Chicken Licken

madwomanintheattic Thu 14-Apr-11 02:53:31

room on the broom - they could all recite it before they had meaningful speech lol. and then were still obsessed by the time charlie cook came out. grin

but yes, hairy maclary too. and slinky malinki. ten years later mine can still recite them off by heart. anything rhyming was a huge winner in this house.

they also liked the duck books - duck in the truck etc.

and MY favourite is 'five minutes peace'. grin because i am, in fact, mrs large.

Parietal Thu 14-Apr-11 05:32:11

Anything by quentin Blake is also good for slightly older toddlers -
The green ship
Mrs armitage

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