Toddler Reading List – Family (part 1)

Every Friday morning, I read stories and sing songs to toddlers at the local bookstore, Cover to Cover. This week the theme is family and these are the books I’ll be reading:

So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury. A family gathers for a special occasion and the baby gets a lot of attention, because everyone loves him Sooooo Much. It’s a great book to read aloud, don’t be put off by the non-standard English of the text, if you just go with it, it has a great sense of pace and enthusiasm. Helen Oxenbury’s illustrations are charming, as always.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. Three sibling owls anxiously await the return of their owl mother from a night of hunting. Spoiler…she doesn’t get “got” by the fox.

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Ryland. A simple story about a visit from extended family, the inherent disruptions as well as the joys. There’s plenty to see in the illustrations. My son always points out the broken mailbox that the relatives leave behind them as they drive away.

Ben and Gran and the Whole Wide Wonderful World by Gillian Shields and Katharine McEwen. Ben lives in a small house with a red roof on one side of the world and Gran lives in a tall twisty house on the other side of the world. But Gran is not detered as she faces mountains, deserts, a rushing rocky river and public transport to get to Ben, her favourite person in the whole wide wonderful world. There are some great illustrations at the bottom of each page showing Gran’s whole journey and these add an extra dimension to the tale.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. The first of this series of books about a histrionic toddler llama who wants his mama’s attention 24/7. This always rings a bell with parents and toddlers alike.

The songs will be This Train is going to Grandma’s and will visit the grandparents of everyone who wants to tell me where they live, Deep Down in My Heart and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. The poem will be Everybody Says by Dorothy Aldis.

Unfortunately we are a little light on Daddies in this storytime because I didn’t order the Daddy books early enough. But there are plenty more Family based books and I promise that when I do another Family theme later in the year there will be more Daddies.

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