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Your top five books for under 3s?

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Smithagain · 02/02/2008 21:43

I run a toddler group and I'd like to upgrade our book collection.

If you had to draw up a list of the five all time greatest books for children aged about 18 months to three years, what would you include?

I'd like to have some things that the mums (first timers in particular) might not have come across yet, but should have on their bookshelves!

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Wisteria · 02/02/2008 21:44

The Hungry Caterpillar

karen999 · 02/02/2008 21:45

My two favourites at the moment are;

The Snail and the Whale
Dont Your Dare Dragon

emkana · 02/02/2008 21:45

Dear Zoo
The Gruffalo
Monkey Puzzle
Guess how much I love you

calvemjoe · 02/02/2008 21:47

Hairy Maclary, The Gruffalo, Egg Drop, Snail and The Whale and Room on the Broom. I know 3 of the are Julia Donaldson and Axel Sceffler (sp?) but I love those books!

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robinpud · 02/02/2008 21:48

We're going on a bear hunt
Dear Zoo
The very hungry caterpillar
Owl babies
My mum and dad make me laugh

DaphneHarvey · 02/02/2008 21:49

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.

Anything Maisy for the nearly 3s.

Spot ...

Anything with flaps so they can join in. So long as you are able to supervise and make sure they don't just tear the flaps off .

Wisteria · 02/02/2008 21:49

definitely we're going on a bear hunt - that was my dds' favourite book for years - in fact I recently bought a copy for my new godson.

dosydot · 02/02/2008 21:49

Room on the broom
Poppy cats dream
10 sleepy bunnies

ChasingSquirrels · 02/02/2008 21:49

Oh Dear (same author as Dear Zoo, but better I think)
Very Hungry Caterpillar

WowOoo · 02/02/2008 21:50

Sadly (for me) the winners above all fab books are Thomas the blooming Tank Engine ones! My DS cannot get enough of them.
Also anything by Rod Campbell - Buster's Day etc

RosaLuxOnTheBrightSideOfLife · 02/02/2008 21:50

The Baby's Catalogue

Dear Zoo


Tom and Pippo books

Wobble Bear Says Yellow

Llama Llama Red Pyjama

Goodnight Moon

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jelliebelly · 02/02/2008 21:54

Dear Zoo
Hungry Caterpillar
That's not my....fairy/tractor/dinosaur - v. touchy feely
We're going on a bear hunt

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FrannyandZooey · 02/02/2008 21:55

Goodnight Moon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
So Much

morocco · 02/02/2008 21:56

everyone hide from wibbly pig

jumpyjan · 02/02/2008 21:56

Tell me something happy before I go to sleep (so sweet)

tassisssss · 02/02/2008 21:57

our current favourite (for 16 month old dd) is called something like Buster at the Farm and involves Buster looking for eggs and visiting lots on animals. Is card and has flaps (a winning combination).

ChasingSquirrels · 02/02/2008 21:57

oh yes I had forgotten that wibbly pig one - will have to have a hunt through the books for some more that ds2 will enjoy.

twinsetandpearls · 02/02/2008 21:58

Bear Hunt
Eat your peas, I used to use this at toddler group and they loved it.
Also used one called something along the lines of ten in a bed.
So much
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Ten Little Monsters used to have them screaming with delight.

calvemjoe · 02/02/2008 21:58

Oh yes, dd(16mnths) and ds(3yrs10mths) both love Dear Zoo and We're going on a Bear Hunt. And DS loves all the Thomas Books, Mr Men, Little Miss.

ChasingSquirrels · 02/02/2008 21:58

thats Oh Dear I think Tasssis - ds(2) loves it.

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hairtwiddler · 02/02/2008 21:59

Shoe Baby
Hooray for Fish
Biscuit Bear
Kiss Goodnight Sam
Lost and Found

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